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Brooklyn Heights Montessori

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Brooklyn Heights Montessori

Brooklyn, NY

The Brooklyn Heights Montessori School campus is comprised of three distinct but connected buildings on a thru lot in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. We were asked to provide design vision to unite various new indoor and outdoor instructional and recreational spaces across these three buildings, in conjunction with the reworking of the school’s Visual and Performing Arts department. This included the creation of a new enclosed turf area and outdoor classroom on a previously unoccupiable rooftop, and the design of a covered Arts Bridge to connect these spaces to the new interior classrooms and galleries.

The design was conceived as a series of instructional episodes between the two large recreational spaces at either end of the campus - from playground garden, to indoor gallery, to Arts Bridge, to outdoor lab, and finally the enclosed playfield. Each of these episodes is intended to support both specific activities and informal uses by students and teachers, and to collectively promote continuity and engagement – both spatial and programmatic - between the school community and their shared physical environment.

Recipient of an AIA Design Award of Excellence (2018)