Inspired by Blue School’s philosophy that learning is best achieved through collaboration, we ensured that every space in the Upper Primary and Middle School—from the classroom to the lunchroom—cultivates planned and spontaneous group learning.
The school's entry is set back from the street in Lower Manhattan, creating a generous sense of welcome as well as the opportunity for a 10-foot-square exterior art wall.
A variety of informal seating options, tinted concrete floors, an exposed ceiling, and colorful outdoor furniture give The Commons a welcoming feeling.
The library occupies the prominent southwest corner of the second and third floors. We removed a portion of the third floor to create a book-lined double height space, celebrating this critical component of the new school. Research terminals and white oak bookshelves balance digital and conventional media. Custom common tables and a monumental sofa give students a wide variety of options for study.
Extra generous in its proportions and painted a high gloss neon yellow, the stair was designed as more than just primary circulation; it’s also a vertical room that knits together this multi-level school.