P.S. 66K

Canarsie, Brooklyn, New York

  • FIRM

    Urbahn Architects


    New York City School Construction Authority

  • AREA

    111,400 sq.ft.





P.S. 66K is a new 900-student K-8 school on a three-acre site in a mixed-use neighborhood in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn.

The school design was based on the house concept—three houses are within the overall school. The houses are situated in distinct pods organized around a central common area, which encompasses a “piazza” ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMBeckhard Richlan Szerbaty + Associates, Architect of RecordCAPACITY900FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio area, cafeteria, gymnasium, auditorium, administration area and other central services. The house concept allows for a more intimate-scaled learning environment for younger children.

A unique design feature is the three-story lobby and the artwork above the entrance. A 20-foot-wide by 30-foot-high stained-glass window designed by artist Lee Brozgold features a lighthouse beacon, symbolizing the seafaring history of the community and the symbolic role of the educational system as a beacon of opportunity. The artwork also includes depictions of the neighborhood’s cultural heritages, and local flora and fauna.

P.S. 66K is on a large site, bounded by three streets. It includes a variety of outdoor recreational amenities, including an early-childhood playground, and basketball and tennis courts.