Metropolitan Montessori school
(Marta Sanders with Rogers Marvel Architects/Rogers Partners)
Size: 3,000 sf new construction / 10,000 sf renovation
Location: New York, New York
Best Part: Turning the "problem" of misaligned floor between the old and new buildings in bright, open, stepped seating areas for class gathering and group learning. With a small glass-faced addition on the rear of the existing building we were able to both connect to the new building next door and create a new flexible space in the middle of each floor. Since the new building uses the stairs and elevator in the existing school, the expansion site can be almost entirely used as classrooms and other vital school program spaces. A minimal rooftop addition also allows for the art room to expand into a STEAM center with a south-facing terrace for gardening.