Shore County Day School, Lawrence A. Griffin Center for Creativity

Beverly, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    OLSON LEWIS + Architects


    Shore County Day School

  • AREA

    31,830 sq.ft.





"Community, Connection & Creativity" were the tenets identified during the planning and design process for this school, which serves elementary students in lower and upper schools. While accommodating a comprehensive arts program, the building becomes a hub: it bridges the former physical and functional gap between ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY375COST PER SQ FT$360.00FEATURED IN2014 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized populations.


The new Center for Creativity integrates an existing campus, nodding to both historic and contemporary structures. It provides a shared gathering space and learning center on a relatively tight site. It anchors the school’s public façade with the entry tower—a drop-off point and formal entrance—and red roof, a visual beacon for the entire campus.


Inside, the space between the theater’s sphere and the building envelope forms a communal kiva. To reflect the complex interrelationships of programmatic and pedagogical goals, pure geometries and organizing principles meet and are applied to the new building’s spaces. It offers flexible seating and multimedia resources. In addition, there are vaulted views of exposed structural and mechanical systems, plus egress to academic, fine and performing arts, technology, studio and innovative lab spaces.