This adaptive reuse transforms a 1960s building designed in the "Brutalist" style into a vibrant learning environment for young children. The paired classrooms feature bright, durable finishes and integrated millwork. Within each classroom zones of activity are defined at a range of scales, from cushioned window seats for reading to generous project areas featuring a micro-kitchen for experiential learning. Every detail is designed in response to the scale of the child, creating a healthy and age-appropriate environment for the students.

This project was a 2014 Interior Design Magazine Best of the Year Awards Finalist, received a SARA/National Design Award of Honor, and was cited for a 2015 Award of Merit from AIA New York State.

Photography: ©Frank Oudeman