St. Mark’s School, Center for the Arts

Southborough, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    CBT Architects

  • CLIENT

    St. Mark`s School

  • AREA

    32,500 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $8,500,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    9/2004

St. Mark’s School sought to create a new Center for the Arts to house the school’s performing and visual arts. The school wanted the architecture and massing to be derived from the Tudor-inspired buildings on campus.

The concert hall and music facility is the first completed phase of a multi-phase new Arts Quad that encompasses new and existing buildings. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY500COST PER SQ FT$261.00CITATIONGold CitationFEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio2007 Educational Interiors defines the forthcoming Arts Quad and becomes a node for student passage from the main academic buildings to the residential areas. The tradition of masonry and pitched slate roofs on campus was continued throughout the center, and towers and turrets were added to further reflect the school’s tradition.

The 500-seat concert hall, acoustically modeled after Boston Symphony Hall, is at the center of the composition. The practice rooms, classrooms and lobbies were placed around it to encourage constant use of the hall. The lobby serves as a pre- and post-performance space, as well as a more reverberant space for choral music. Additionally, large granite steps serve as casual seating and bleachers for performers.

"Details are well-thought-out and harmonized throughout the design"--2007 jury