St. Hilda's and St. Hugh's School
New York City
- MBB Architects
- New York City
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.