An existing residential structure was reconfigured to meet the needs of the school: the entry stair was replaced by a ramp; a steel canopy was installed for shelter and to mark the entry; the building was extended six feet to the rear so that all classrooms get natural light; and a twenty foot high gymnasium was built on the roof. Sectional subtractions between floors provide visual and acoustic continuity: an oculus to the lower level, an oval opening linking the gathering room to the classrooms above, a double-height work area and kitchen, and a viewing mezzanine in the gym encourage social interaction and help make the building intelligible to its inhabitants. 2001.
Architect of Record: ABA Studio, New York. Project Architect: Philippe Baumann
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