St. Hilda's and St. Hugh's School

New York City
Photo © Peter Aaron
Photo © Frank Oudeman
Photo © Frank Oudeman
Photo © Frank Oudeman
Photo © Frank Oudeman
Photo © Adrian Wilson
Photo © Albert Vecerka
Photo © Frank Oudeman
Photo © Frank Oudeman
Photo © Albert Vecerka
Architects
MBB Architects
Location
New York City
Year
2015
Cost
Undisclosed
Stories
Undisclosed

This adaptive reuse transforms a Brutalist parochial high school building into a vibrant learning environment for young children. The paired classrooms feature bright, durable finishes and integrated millwork housing a rich variety of manipulatives. Zones of activity are designed within each classroom including soft zones with cushioned window seats for reading and project areas featuring a micro-kitchen for experiential learning. Custom terrariums and integrated graphics provide further learning opportunities.  Every detail is designed in response to the scale of the child providing a healthy and age-appropriate environment.  Dining is celebrated through a contrasting environment providing respite during the school day. This project was a 2014 Interior Design Magazine Best of the Year Awards Finalist , received a SARA/National Design Award of Honor, was cited for an 2015 Award of Merit from AIA New York State and received a 2015 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Anthenaeum.

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