12,400 SQ FT
HSA designed a new nursery and preschool in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan. The school opened its doors in September 2014 with eleven new classrooms for infants to 5 year olds, two gross motor skills playrooms, a teachers' lounge, reception, and administration and directors' offices.
The playful design brings elements of nature into an urban space. A custom aquarium built into the entry area is an important aspect of engaging the children to interact with the space and to feel more at home. Interior windows and clerestories bring additional light to the classrooms. The path along the hallways passes through a series of colored portals with comfortable benches for parents and children.