Greenwich Country Day School, Greenwich, CT / New Upper School
Wrapping around one corner of its pastoral site, the new 70,000-square-foot Upper School Building includes 18 classrooms, administrative offices, a conference room, science and computer labs, a greenhouse and art studios. Additional student support spaces provide a new study center, library, student lounges, meeting spaces as well as an outdoor amphitheater.
The basement of the building is able to accommodate much of the program through the creation of a sunken courtyard at the rear of the building which allows natural light and views into this lowest level. Clusters of classrooms are arranged around internal breakout spaces to reinforce the collaborative aspect of the GCDS culture.
Project photography by Robert Benson
"In designing Country Day’s new Upper School and Performing Arts Center, ARC has achieved the highest goal of educational architecture: to enhance learning. When you see the new Upper School in action—students working together in a breakout space, using the greenhouse for a science experiment, or solving a tough problem in the math lab—you see how the design of a building can make new moments of learning possible."
Adam Rohdie, Headmaster