St. Andrew`s School, McCulloch Center for the Arts

Barrington, Rhode Island

The new McCulloch Center for the Arts at St. Andrew’s School is situated on an Olmstead-designed campus quadrangle. This 27,000-square-foot facility houses a 300-seat auditorium, a black-box theater, graphics lab, and classrooms for art and music.

Accommodating a large arts program under one roof was one of the biggest challenges for the architect. To ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$200.00FEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music Rooms this, the auditorium was hidden by a perimeter consisting of four pavilions that house the art and music classrooms. By burying the front half of the building underground, only 1½ stories of this 2½-story building are visible from the quadrangle. The result is a building that is in scale with the rest of the campus. Red cedar shingles also help the building fit within the campus context.

A highlight of the McCulloch Center is its clean, refined detailing. A brick entry vestibule and tower greet visitors from the quad. The cross-gable roofs float above a continuous glass band of clerestory windows that allow natural light into the classrooms.