photographer: Frank Oudeman
With the aim of spending energy where it matters, Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani has put a good deal of time into public schools in order to provide quality for those who can benefit the most.
At the Alfred E. Smith vocational high school, the suspended soffit facing the open library space is designed as a geometrical progression, a double helix repeating modules of 12 triangular facets. This element, while serving as a sound attenuator, highlights the arts and crafts, vocational aspect of this high school, such as the automobile mechanical workshops and building construction workshops.
The classroom, the lounge, and the open computer area are separated by low open shelving, creating discreet areas and leaving clear sightlines for the librarian, who has a desk adjacent to her private office space.
All furniture is modular, light and stackable. The ergonomic chairs and lounge furniture, as well as the modular tables can be reconfigured easily to suit the needs of each day.
All materials and finishes used in the project are environmentally friendly, recyclable and contain low VOC.
Design team: Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani
Client: NYC School Construction Authority
Project partners: Structural Eng.: Weidlinger Associates
MEP: Plus Group
Lighting Designer: Soler