Founded in 1827, the Greenwich Academy is Connecticut’s oldest preparatory school for girls. Embracing the various ways students absorb information and the freedom of education fostered by the school, this new building is a study in flexibility. It appears to grow out of the landscape, with a green roof that extends from an existing lawn over the top of the structure.
Inside, four separate spaces, each defined by a distinct color chosen by the light artist James Turrell, suggest both the separation and connection of the school’s academic pillars: science, math, arts and humanities, and the library. This relationship is further expressed through furniture on wheels that can be arranged in multiple configurations, and movable partitions that can expand and contract over time. The Greenwich Academy Upper School exemplifies how physical surroundings can subtly encourage students to think differently and fully engage their minds.