A new Pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade public school for 757 students in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. The building responds to an irregularly shaped site with a plan organized around an entry court that opens to the south to allow sunlight into the facility. A 5-story classroom wing is located on the west side of the entry court and 2 double-height gymnasium spaces are stacked on the east side. Entry to the building occurs through a double-height loggia that looks down into the cellar-level gymnasium and into a double-height entry lobby.
The building offers a central entry court and 2 separate playgrounds for early childhood and older age groups. This entry court features three prismatic skylights which admit daylight to a cafeteria located below, and they are surrounded by plantings and benches configured as outdoor gathering spaces, allowing the classroom environment to extend to the exterior of the building.
The classroom wing on the western side of the site is clad in brick with a granite base. Deep vertical window mullions and vertical sunshades temper daylight into the classrooms. The gymnasium wing to the west is clad in a terra cotta rainscreen system. The library, administrative offices, and circulation spaces overlooking the entry court are enclosed with glazed curtainwall screened with vertical and horizontal sun shades. Selective use of glass block demarcates and provides natural light to vertical circulation cores. Two separate outdoor playgrounds are provided for early childhood and older age groups.
5 stories / 105,000 sf
NYC School Construction Authority
Michael Fieldman Architects
Michael Fieldman, FAIA