The project is a kindergarten through eighth-grade school in the historic town of Edgartown on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Taking advantage of the existing gymnasium on the site, designers oriented the new building to create a generous exterior courtyard for community events and outdoor movies.
Housing 600 students, the project consists of two separate COST PER SQ FT$163.00FEATURED IN2006 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas wings sharing central core facilities. This “two-schools-within-a-school” concept allows each age level to have its own identity, while enjoying the efficiency of a shared media center and cafeteria. The light-filled art room serves as a community beacon and is the visual hinge for the composition.
The architecture is a modern interpretation of island traditions, with cedar shingle cladding and abundant natural light. The lobby is an important mixing space for both schools, directing visitors to core facilities and the elementary/middle school wings. A terrazzo compass rose with a whaling harpoon points north, and a built-in aquarium salvaged from the existing school are connections to the island’s rich maritime history.