Brunswick School, Brunswick Lower School

Greenwich, Connecticut

The new lower school building completes phase two of construction at the Brunswick School Edwards campus. The building is organized around a central atrium, which provides daylight to the school’s large-group assembly rooms. Glass atrium walls reveal the library, cafeteria, art, music and multipurpose rooms.

The multipurpose room functions as both a gymnasium and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$190.00CITATIONGold CitationFEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYMultipurpose Rooms theater. Exposed structural wood trusses provide a warm materiality. At either end of the atrium, groups of classrooms cluster around a daylighted hall, providing each grade level with its own breakout space.

Suspended beneath the atrium’s great skylight is a full-size replica of a Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur skeleton, providing a museum-quality exhibit. Two 400-gallon aquariums create an entry foyer and become an extension of the science education program.

The building creates an atmosphere that stimulates intellectual curiosity, encourages creativity, and supports teachers and staff. In a secure and safe environment, they are encouraged to take risks and become independent learners.

"The natural light and use of materials support the atrium and its impact on the prominence of this facility and focus on learning."--2005 jury