The new entry presents a welcoming face to Rodeph Sholom Lower School, drawing in the school community and providing neighbors with a lens into the life of the building. Renovations to this 1960s Brutalist building include a new street level entry framed by a faceted metal canopy and limestone cladding. By strengthening the connection to the street with a glass entry system and rescaling the entry sequence to small children, the new entry provides a more welcoming experience for students and their families and frames the new library and art room on the floor above. While providing a sheltered entry, the canopy also redefines the street level experience of the building responding to both the institutional and individual scales. The limestone cladding references the community’s main sanctuary building which the new street level lobby provides a direct connection to. The choreographed entry sequence up to the admissions office reveals the pedagogy and values of the institution to prospective families as they move through the building. The new glass entry system incorporates security before opening into a spacious lobby. Light finishes are used to offset the existing low ceilings and children’s art is featured throughout. A long bench sits opposite a colorful graphic emphasizing the school’s mission and an integrated fish tank provides a playful element of delight for small children. Interior renovations include a new lobby, library, art room and offices. The library is a warm, bright environment lined with books at the height of the child and blond wood above. The canopy afforded the opportunity for a new window seat extending out from the face of the building for a view of Central Park. Furnishings include tables and chairs for small classes as well as a rug and cushioned benches for story time. The light, bright finishes of the art room provide a vibrant and flexible environment. Ample storage and display space are supplemented by ample work surfaces including sinks located for both children and adults. Flexible lightweight furniture can be arranged for group or individual projects and neutral table tops and display surfaces feature the children’s art.