The architect used immersion methodology to engage students, faculty and other constituents at Shore Country Day School (SCDS) in focus groups and interviews. From the feedback, three essential concepts emerged: community, connection and creativity in curriculum. These themes shaped the design solution, as innovation defined the artistic and academic FEATURED IN2012 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYCampus Master Planning at the heart of the master plan.
Functionally, the plan unifies the campus via the hub of a new 375-seat fine and performing arts center, nestled between the Upper and Lower School. It connects student populations, integrates all arts programs and performances, provides needed academic spaces, and offers a common gathering point for the entire SCDS community.
Its location and design bring together stylistically diverse structures and divided regions of campus. It also enhances safety.
Visually, its facade reflects the school’s main public structure—the Winslow building—and creates an architectural anchor at the opposite end of the campus. Functionally, it acts as a sheltered Lower School entrance during peak carpool times, and offers a nexus for new pedestrian pathways.
Inside, it incorporates black-box theater concepts so that it becomes a schoolwide backdrop for student and faculty expression and experimentation.