City on a Hill Charter Public School

Boston, Massachusetts

  • FIRM



    City on a Hill Charter Public School

  • AREA

    24,000 sq.ft.





City on a Hill, a public charter high school renowned for its inventive, academically rigorous curriculum, recently purchased a new property with an outdated school building. The school challenged the architect to design a modern addition to the property.

The program includes a 4,000-square-foot auditorium, which also serves as a lunchroom and special-event area, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$210.00FEATURED IN2006 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation renovations to the existing school building that will bring it up to standards. School administrators wanted the new construction, including the entrance, to reflect their forward-thinking attitude toward education.

The lobby entrance element is glass to form a transparent transition between the existing and new buildings and create a welcoming entry pavilion for the school. For the expansion, horizontal tongue-and-groove cedar siding is a dominant element of the facade, which transitions past the roof, forming a parapet to screen mechanical equipment. Rustic, split-face block alternates in horizontal bands with smoother, ground-face, terrazzo-like masonry. Brise-soleils and canopies further reinforce the horizontal composition of the addition.