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.
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|