The Vision for The Brearley School was to imagine a new home that would consolidate the ‘whole’ school and all divisions in one, singular building. After 85 years in its purpose-built premises at 610 East 83rd St., the school had doubled the student body and outgrown its original building. After a study of the options, it was ultimately decided that the preferred route was to ‘add on’ and to build a new 75,000 s.f. building a block away from the original building, at 590 East 83rd Street.
The new 12-storey expansion is conceived as a mini-vertical campus and includes a flexible and multi-purpose learning landscape integrated into the lobby, state-of-the art labs, a large auditorium, a library, a common room and play space. In addition, the building is designed as a LEED Gold teaching tool, allowing students to actively participate in sustainable features, including a green roof to be planted and maintained by the students.