This new building at the Riverdale Country School’s lower school River Campus offers creative, collaborative spaces that take advantage of the natural surroundings along the Hudson River. The building itself is an instrument for curiosity, exploration, and learning.
The new building houses classrooms, multi-purpose spaces, and offices, anchored between a new flexible theater and a student center that serve the River Campus. Skylit gathering spaces within the hallways encourage students to gather, discuss, and share ideas with one another.
Reinforcing the idea of the building as a learning tool is a series of skylights on the second floor, which use sunlight and graphic elements to illustrate the cardinal directions, time of day, and the colors of the spectrum. From the macro to the micro, these moments provoke curiosity and promote the students’ understanding of the natural world around them.
Classrooms on both levels have immediate access to exterior patios; this connection to the outside, both to the east into the trees and to the west out to the Hudson River, relates directly to the school’s interdisciplinary and diverse curriculum.