Sited adjacent to an existing classroom building, orientation of the new structure celebrates the environment, providing panoramic views of the surrounding wetlands, making a visual connection with the nearby Neversink Mountain and maximizing daylighting. Oversized doors in the classroom spaces open to an outdoor deck overlooking the wetlands, gracefully merging the indoors and out. Deferring to the surroundings, building materials include recycled stone from farm buildings and reclaimed wood from Pennsylvania mushroom farms.
“Our instructions to the architects were to create a simple design, easy to maintain, functional, and respectful of the park. What we have isn’t anything I could have envisioned, but it is everything we dreamed of.”
AIA Baltimore Good Design = Good Business Award Honorable Mention
Greater Reading Chamber Alliance, Building Berks Award for Education
Smarth Growth Alliance of Berks County, Smart Growth Award