The media center entry façade

The media center entry façade
A large school in small pieces to fit into the neighborhood

A large school in small pieces to fit into the neighborhood
Light spine running through media center & lobby clerestory

Light spine running through media center & lobby clerestory
Animated play of light

Animated play of light
Simply crafted details make a school a home

Simply crafted details make a school a home
Clerestory composition play

Clerestory composition play
Light borrowing high windows & continuous ceiling form

Light borrowing high windows & continuous ceiling form
100% daylight makes for better learning

100% daylight makes for better learning
Academic office daylight

Academic office daylight
Gymnasium luminance

Gymnasium luminance
Light infuser

Light infuser
Low maintenance open joint rain screen envelope

Low maintenance open joint rain screen envelope
Sample Description
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'Double School' merges civic and residential scales

The Roger Wellington School

The Town of Belmont, Belmont, MA

To reduce the perceived size of this school for 575 elementary students, the building is organized into two ‘schools-within-a-school’ – each with its own entry, classroom wing and age-appropriate outdoor play spaces. The upper and lower schools have their own identity but share a common space ‘axis’ which includes the gymnasium, cafetorium, and administration offices. Spatial modules were employed that allow for the future flexible relocation of uses as needs evolve. The building is LEED Silver ‘certifiable’ with such features as 100% daylighting, a high performance exterior envelope, sunscreens, geothermal powerplant and displacement air ventilation.

Size: 88,000 gsf 

Recognition

  • 2015 American Architecture Award The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Center 

  • 2015 Honor Award for Design Excellence AIA/New England 

  • 2013 Harleston-Parker Award AIA/Boston Society for Architecture & City of Boston 

  • 2013 Honor Award Education Facilities Design AIA/Boston Society for Architecture & AIA New York 

  • 2013 Honor Award for Design Excellence AIA/Boston Society for Architecture 

Complimenting its Neighborhood

Site Plan
Site plan
Knit into its tightly woven neighborhood
Knit into its tightly woven neighborhood
Knit into its tightly woven neighborhood
Knit into its tightly woven neighborhood