Manhattan Country School has collaborated with architectural firm ABA Studio to design a building that serves our expanding community and allows us to advance our programmatic offerings. These renderings illustrate some of the spaces in our new home.
150 West 85th Street
Community is a core value of MCS and is supported by deliberate design features of our new home. Located in a diverse and changing neighborhood in which many current families already live, our new building has twice the square footage but is designed to feel intimate in recognizable ways. The vertical ascending placement of classrooms from youngest to oldest students is familiar, as is the marble staircase and fire escape students use to get from one floor to another.
When the three phases of renovation are complete, the building will feature two classrooms for every grade from pre-K to eighth; a multipurpose space for assemblies, physical education and athletic competitions; and improved facilities for science, art and other programs essential to our progressive education curriculum.
The 533-square-foot, four-story courtyard is another central design feature that reflects the value MCS places on community building. New classroom pairs, situated around the uncovered courtyard, receive the kind of light and air now recognized as conducive for learning. The courtyard also serves as an outdoor teaching and meeting space for our community.
The interlocking 5-6s classrooms are located on separate floors, but are light-filled and connected both visually and by a nearby staircase. They are just one example of the unique educational spaces that exist in our new building.
Just as the Music Room in our former building served as an important gathering space, the 2,760-square-foot assembly space accommodates our growing community and serves as a venue for physical education classes and athletic competitions, performances, and meetings.