Saint Ann's School
Saint Ann’s School is a progressive, arts-oriented K-12 private school in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. Faced with an expanding curriculum and a student population that has outgrown its collaborative study and performance spaces over the past 50 years of service, the institution asked Marvel Architects to help them find programming, planning and design solutions for their campus.
New limestone benches flanking the main entry create a welcoming sense of community ©David Sundberg/ESTO
Restored Main Entry
Design references the historic condition in bringing light to the cellar level classrooms through glass pucks laid into precast concrete panels at the sidewalk. ©David Sundberg/ESTO
One-on-one practice in the main ensemble room.
The undercroft music campus receives daylight via glass inserts set into the sidewalk above.
An enlarged dance studio is flanked by operable whiteboard wall and full-height mirrors
The dance studio opens to create a large rehearsal and performance space at the cellar level.
New entry lobby connects directly via open stair to the commons at the 2nd floor level.
faculty dining room
red stair commons
Consolidation of egress and circulation created the opportunity for bright, open double-height central commons for the school. ©David Sundberg/ESTO
The new commons is focused around the iconic 'Red Stair' where assembly, performance and impromptu gathering take place
high school lounge
Hallways are configured to accommodate flexible gathering and seating areas.
quiet study room
Double-height space at the dining commons is overlooked by a quiet study room. ©David Sundberg/ESTO