Tribeca Nursery School

New York, New York

The architect began work on this school in the spring of 2001 to double the size of the campus, which serves children 1½ to 4 years old, by taking over the adjacent storefront. The school is Montessori-based, and the architect met with the administrators and teachers, and observed the classrooms to develop a design that reinforces the school’s belief ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONFEATURED IN2003 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYChildcare Centers child-centered education.

The expansion was planned and executed over summer break, creating a unified school with double the number of classrooms, a larger gym, a new, larger music loft and a spacious reception area.

The physical plan of the school reflects a safe and secure environment, open to the flow of light and air, with uncluttered learning spaces. The high ceiling allows for partial-height walls at the classrooms, which are high enough to provide the children with a secure classroom environment, yet maintain openness and allow for observation. Children can see and come to trust all the adults in their school. The ionic columns and brick walls were left exposed.