Scarsdale High School

Scarsdale, New York

  • FIRM

    Peter Gisolfi Associates


    Scarsdale Union Free School District

  • AREA

    3,400,000 sq.ft.





The library is situated at the center of this 260,000-square-foot high school, close to the student commons and cafeteria, on the most high-traffic corridor in the building. It accommodates a variety of activities simultaneously in a space that is serviced and supervised easily by a small staff.

The space clearly refers to the inspiring tradition of ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$220.00FEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers architecture.

Design features:

-The library formerly was a 1938 Gothic Revival-style gymnasium.

-A two-story addition was added, a mezzanine was built within the original high space, and a clerestory was cut into the roof. The result is 13,000 square feet of new space.

-Student seating: 240. Staff: 6. Collection: 40,000 volumes.

-Visible collection, two computerized instructional spaces, reading and reference areas, banks of computer areas for group/individual study and staff work space.

-Soft, warm materials create an acoustic environment that allows many activities to thrive in an inspiring space.

-The new library is anchored firmly in the tradition of inspirational public and academic libraries.

-It fosters a sense of community activity, working together to learn, and interaction between staff and students.

-The library integrates printed and digital media.