Named for the 1400 ft Berkshire peak to its west, Indian Mountain School is a Pre-K-9 independent boarding school in Lakeville, Connecticut, serving 186 students. The school’s 8,000 sf Creative Arts Center integrates visual arts, music and science through collaborative, cross-disciplinary, project-based learning. The space also serves as a student center for boarders and an activity center for parents.
The form of the building recalls a traditional New England barn with a sloped tin roof, exposed timber and board, and batten siding. This traditional form is made innovative by a large area of glass, angled in plan and fastened directly to the post and beam construction. In order to inspire a connection between students and the surrounding landscape, the western side of the building opens directly onto the grounds, and every classroom has a door to the outside.
The flexible interior design includes clusters of art and music classrooms that open onto a clerestory-lit common area that is used as project and maker space during the day and a student lounge in the evening. A “fab lab” hosts interdisciplinary projects in science, visual arts, music, and other academic subjects.
Long recognized as an institution that favors the arts, Indian Mountain was insistent that the new building reach beyond the arts to serve other academic disciplines. In addition to art and music classrooms the building will include a “fab lab”, a multidisciplinary workshop that will host projects in science, visual arts, music and other academic departments.
The building will promote student activity during afternoons and weekends. Employing a barn-like aesthetic, it will organize groups of classroom spaces around a central clerestory-lit gallery. To promote student use, a café and common room will be located at the building’s center. Construction of this dynamic facility is anticipated to begin in summer 2012.
Honors and Awards
WoodWorks Wood Design Award 2015 | BSA Educational Facilities Award 2016
|Type||Creative Arts Center|
|Client||Indian Mountain School|
|Architectural Team||David Croteau, Principal-in-charge; Chris Brown, Project Architect; Joe Marshall, Project manager|
|Consultants||Structural Engineer: Roome & Guarracino; Consulting Engineer: RW Hall; Civil Engineer: Lenard Engineering; Surveyor: Lamb Kiefer|
|Contractor||United Construction & Engineering|
|Photographer||Photography: Robert Benson; Video: Raber Umphenour|