Eagle Hill School, Cultural Center

Hardwick, Massachusetts

Eagle Hill School's (EHS) charge to the architect was to design a signature campus building that would enhance the unique curriculum and location of the private school, as well as encourage public involvement with the Cultural Center.

Dedicated to teaching students with disabilities, EHS wanted the Cultural Center to feature its ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY500COST PER SQ FT$375.00FEATURED IN2012 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized arts programs plus integrate a unique internship program, enabling students to learn by producing and participating in community events hosted at the facility.

The architectural program included a professional proscenium theater for 450, a campus dining hall, studio and performing arts, as well as wood shop and graphic-arts classrooms.

A voluminous lobby was designed to be viewed from the campus entrance and invite the public to theatrical and art shows, conferences and cultural events. At the upper quad level of the building, the student campus life is anchored by the dining hall with a pergola space connecting the green space.

The use of solid materials, including stone, metal and wood, reflects both the campus’ natural surroundings and the permanence of the educational program mission.