New Lebanon Elementary School
Client: Town of Greenwich
Completion Date: 2018
Located on a site with steeply sloping banks and wetlands this elementary school serves 374 students in grades Prekindergarten – 5th with an International Baccalaureate (IB) program. The Town’s goal was to attract an intra-district magnet school population. TSKP STUDIO’s design is based on a respect for the natural environment with the belief design has the ability to shape the learning experience and contribute to the research and evidence based International Baccalaureate (IB) learning model. In keeping with granite boulders protruding around the site, the building is clad in stone-colored ground face cast stone and natural zinc metal panels. The two-story school is located along the steep slope with building walls contoured to follow the sinuous curves of the sloping banks. A pedestrian bridge brings students into the building at the main level.

The centrally located learning commons is equipped with flexible furnishings and adaptable technological infrastructure allows for multiple zones of learning happening simultaneously. There is a large group instruction area, with seating for 60 students, small group collaborative areas, independent study areas, and innovation maker space with green screen, and lego wall and small tiered “read aloud” story corner. The ‘gymatorium’, which features a traverse-style climbing wall and ADA accessible stage, is sized to seat the entire student body, faculty, and staff. The school is being designed to LEED Gold standards.