Norwich Free Academy, Atrium

Norwich, Connecticut

  • FIRM

    Tecton Architects


    Norwich Free Academy

  • AREA

    20,323 sq.ft.





Slater Hall, completed in 1886, is the historic centerpiece of the graceful campus of Norwich Free Academy, a private institution that serves as the public high school for the city of Norwich and several surrounding communities. Slater Hall houses classrooms, a 600-seat auditorium and the unique Slater Museum.

Originally charged ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$413.32FEATURED IN2012 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized providing ADA accessibility in the museum, the architect developed an innovative design that provides accessibility to a total of 15 different elevation levels in four different buildings. It also functions as a new museum entrance, event space, informal teaching area, and all-season student circulation and gathering place.

Architecturally significant and of its time, the atrium presents an inviting and dramatic statement of entrance that is deferential to its historic neighbors through its recessed positioning and the lightness and transparency of its presence. The delicate steel frame, from which interior platforms and ramps are suspended, never touches the adjacent facades and is sheathed in a transparent glass skin to enable the highly articulated Slater facade to pass almost imperceptibly from exterior to interior, becoming the dominant feature of the atrium.