Garden City High School, Music Wing Addition

Garden City, New York

This project is the Music Program additions/ alterations portion of a larger bond project at the Garden City High School. Inadequate pre-existing music spaces were reverted back to general instruction while a new Music Wing was constructed.

The building’s site has limited space for any new footprint of building, especially within reach of the stage ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$434.86FEATURED IN2014 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music Rooms auditorium. Through careful placement of elements and the use of geometry in plan, the program manifested itself into the building addition presented here. Adjacency to the auditorium and stage was maintained, while office and support space was crafted from existing and new space alike.

The interiors have been developed to inspire music students and teachers alike, with both functional and expressive design elements. A combination of absorptive and reflective acoustical surfaces has been coordinated with planned geometry and spatial volume to achieve maximum sound quality for instructional purposes. Natural and artificial lighting have been provided, complete with shading devices for control. Various types of instrument storage allow the aesthetics of the instruments themselves to become a part of the design. Smart board technology and wireless access have been provided to “connect” the performers and students with the global music community.

The finished addition presents itself as a volumetric object to passers-by, set with the existing school as its backdrop. The new brick color was matched to the existing brick, while existing bronze tones found in the original school’s windows and aluminum caps were echoed within the glazing of the addition. The addition is a playful interaction of curved and squared forms working together with solids and voids to create a coordinated work of architecture.