Named for the 1,400-ft Berkshire peak to its west, Indian Mountain School is a PK–9 independent boarding school located in Lakeville, Connecticut, serving 186 students. The school’s new 8,000-sf Student Center integrates visual arts, music, and science through collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and project-based learning. The space also serves as a gathering space for boarders and an activity hub 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.
Honors and Awards
WoodWorks Wood in Educational Buildings Award (2015)
BSA Educational Facilities Design Award (2016)
David Andreu, Wood Architecture Today (2018)
Theresa Rogers, Celebrating Excellence in Wood Architecture (2015)
|Type||New Campus Facility|
|Client||Indian Mountain School|
|Size||8,000 square feet|
|Architectural Team||David Croteau, Principal-in-charge; Chris Brown, Project Architect; Joseph Marshall, Project manager|
|Consultants||Structural Engineer: Roome & Guarracino; Consulting Engineer: RW Hall; Civil Engineer: Lenard Engineering; Surveyor: Lamb Kiefer|
|Contractor||United Construction & Engineering|
|Photographer||Robert Benson Photography|