The Horace Mann School

Riverdale, New York

The challenge was to create a master plan for The Horace Mann School’s bucolic site near Manhattan, providing a new home for 390 middle school children, highlighting the arts for the middle school and high school community, and unifying the disparate architectural style of the 18-acre campus.

A new middle school was designed to bring identity to the often-neglected ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$224.00CITATIONMiddle School Citation, Silver CitationFEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio2001 Educational Interiors in grades 6 to 8. High-tech spaces for children were organized on three levels overlooking a skylighted commons room and clustered around a central teaching area on each floor. Green design principles were used throughout the building, and bay windows were incorporated into the rooms to allow proximity to the natural environment.

A new arts/dining building with a two-story entry gallery allows art to be seen from across campus. Circulation along the “Route of the Arts,” a glass-enclosed stair, engages the community with the arts as they travel past painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, printmaking, orchestral, choral and gallery spaces.

A clock tower punctuates the corner of the quadrangle, and neo-Gothic details from existing structures have been integrated into a cohesive architectural vocabulary for the campus.

"New building reinforces campus design...exciting spaces and environment for education."—2000 Architectural Portfolio jury

"Love the stair! Bright, open great feeling of space!"--2001 Educational Interiors Showcase jury