Town of Darien : Darien, CT
The program called for new classrooms and administrative spaces, drama, music and art spaces, including an auditorium, a new library/media center, physical education/athletic facilities, and state of the art science facilities that include specialized laboratories and a greenhouse.
Darien High School’s theater department is considered one of the best in Connecticut with a rich history in presenting robust and challenging mainstage productions. Their facilities now support and enable the school’s theatrical ambitions.
The existing high school could not be renovated and expanded in a cost-effective way without a significant reduction in the number of playing fields. We identified a location on the site for an all-new school building, allowing the existing school to remain in operation during construction and improving on-site vehicle circulation, with no net loss in the number of fields.
The new school was designed as a single building, broken up into a ‘village of forms’ around a central courtyard, with one side open to the view. At the heart of the school is the library reading room, a pavilion that is a focus for the courtyard.
•Best Educational Design, IIDA New England Interior Design Awards