Greenwich Academy – Upper School

Greenwich Academy
Greenwich Academy
  • Client Greenwich Academy
  • Expertise K–12 Education
  • Region North America
  • Location Greenwich, Connecticut, United States

Project Facts
  • Status Construction Complete
  • Completion Year 2002
  • Size Building Height: 42 feet Number of Stories: 2 Building Gross Area: 55,000
  • Awards
    2005, Honor Award: K-12 Educational Facilities Design, AIA – Boston Society of Architects 2004, Design Distinction Award for Environments, Interior Design 2003, Outstanding Projects Award, AIA – New York State 2005, Design Award: Educational Facilities, Award of Excellence, AIA – Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) 2002, Award of Excellence, AIA – New York State 2003, Excellence in Design Award, AIA – New York State 2002, Design Award: Architecture, AIA – New York City Chapter
  • Collaborators
    Atkinson Koven Feinberg Engineers Brown Sardina Redniss & Mead Inc. Diblasi Associates, P.C. Fogarty Cohen Selby & Nemiroff Florian Holzherr Robert Polidori Photography, Ltd.
Project Facts
  • Status Construction Complete
  • Completion Year 2002
  • Size Building Height: 42 feet Number of Stories: 2 Building Gross Area: 55,000
  • Awards
    2005, Honor Award: K-12 Educational Facilities Design, AIA – Boston Society of Architects 2004, Design Distinction Award for Environments, Interior Design 2003, Outstanding Projects Award, AIA – New York State 2005, Design Award: Educational Facilities, Award of Excellence, AIA – Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) 2002, Award of Excellence, AIA – New York State 2003, Excellence in Design Award, AIA – New York State 2002, Design Award: Architecture, AIA – New York City Chapter
  • Collaborators
    Atkinson Koven Feinberg Engineers Brown Sardina Redniss & Mead Inc. Diblasi Associates, P.C. Fogarty Cohen Selby & Nemiroff Florian Holzherr Robert Polidori Photography, Ltd.

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.