The Meadowbrook School opened a middle school wing on its Weston, Mass., campus in 2001. Its pre-K to sixth-grade school had outgrown its original building, and the architectural team used the new middle school wing to tie the school’s disparate facilities into one learning community.
After re-evaluating the school’s original master plan and its proposed incursions COST PER SQ FT$213.71FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio sensitive environmental zones, the design team clustered construction inside the campus’ buildable zone. The original neoclassical building was re-purposed to serve administrative needs.
Just beyond Meadowbrook’s front door and reception desk, the new wing opens from the original 1923 structure, taking its architectural cues from that handsome structure. Inside, the entrance to the middle school leads down a central axis to four new classrooms for seventh and eighth graders, a science lab and faculty facilities. The addition is tucked idly beneath the eaves of new gabled rooms and clapboard walls, keeping with the school’s charming and original residential character. Though the school is larger, the design restores the intimacy that had been lost in past expansions.