Greens Farms Academy - Performing Arts Center

This project created a permanent home for the performing arts program at Greens Farms Academy, a private pre-K through 12 school in Westport, Connecticut. The challenge was to position a large theatre, gallery, and additional classrooms in a prominent location on the school’s 40-acre campus overlooking Long Island Sound. The solution was to depress the mass of the new 18,000 square foot building into the naturally sloping grade, separate program components, and create new outdoor spaces. A classroom addition positioned at the end of an existing classroom corridor overlooks an exterior theatre courtyard. The theatre and gallery spaces, depressed gracefully into the site, are accessed by an entry plaza with an open colonnade as well as an underground connection in the classroom addition. The overall massing and scale are made more subtle by the use of environmentally friendly horizontal siding materials that reference the existing campus design vocabulary. In addition to the siding, other sustainable features include solar panels, a "living" roof, and landscaping using native plantings that support and protect the nearby salt marsh.


Westport, Connecticut
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