Beaver Country Day School, Visual and Performing Arts Center

Chestnut Hills, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    HMFH Architects, Inc.


    Beaver Country Day School

  • AREA

    30,000 sq.ft.





The new Visual and Performing Arts Center is the first phase of Beaver Country Day School’s expansion plan. It is intended to provide much-needed program space for arts and athletics, as well as address accessibility, traffic and parking on site.

This three-story addition to the school’s main academic building features a black-box theater with flexible seating and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$226.00CITATIONSpecialized Facility CitationFEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio lighting, along with support spaces that include a scene shop, costume storage and workroom, lighting storage, control room, green room, a classroom for drama instruction and dressing rooms. The music program, on the ground floor, includes classrooms for choral, jazz, dance and a chamber ensemble, plus practice rooms and storage. In the visual-arts department, students have a photo studio and darkroom, and studios for 2-D art, printmaking and computer graphics.

An interior bridge across the lobby links the third-floor art classrooms with an academic wing in the adjacent building. This link is critical to students during the school day. The new center also has its own separate public entrance with a two-story, skylighted lobby/gallery that is reached by way of a dramatic bridge across the sloping site.

"Good use of site/land. Building fits well into its surroundings. Innovation in entry and connector."--2005 jury