Berlin Memorial School

Berlin, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    Tappé Architects


    Town of Berlin

  • AREA

    48,000 sq.ft.





Berlin, Mass., is a relatively rural community with an architectural character distinguished by clapboard barns and houses. The design intent was to recall characteristics of these buildings without mimicking or employing traditional domestic details and materials. The design is based on a traditional New England farm. Instead of painted clapboards, the school is ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$135.36FEATURED IN2000 Educational Interiors2000 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas using two contrasting scales and brick colors.

The educational program includes 16 classrooms, art and music rooms, library, computer laboratory, cafeteria, full-service kitchen and a full-size gymnasium. The project included extensive site development for roadways, playing field, septic systems and a well.

The building’s interior features exposed structural steel and deck in most of the public spaces to exhibit how the building is constructed. The interior color palette is limited and neutral to allow students to fill the school with their own colorful artwork and creations.

Photographer: ©Peter Vanderwarker