Last Friday, the students of the Bronx Community Charter school welcomed visitors into their new space for the first time. The grand opening was a way for the students to share the findings of their six-week hands-on study of the space. As part of learning about the building, the students interviewed professionals involved in the design and construction of BxC. They then created museums in the classrooms and throughout the school, sharing their investigations through a variety of exhibits and activities.
In the boiler room, students showed the mechanisms that circulate water; they built a working model of an elevator; they made models of their unique “break out” spaces in the school that are meant to foster small groups of learning; the students even depicted the façade of the building that implements a glass curtain wall.
As the architects, it’s satisfying to see the students so involved with the design of their new school. We are proud to partner with such a forward-thinking organization, and happy that the students are interacting with the building we had a hand in creating.
The fifth graders were responsible for researching the design of the building, and so they visited ESKW/A last week. They learned how BxC was built, what architects do on a daily basis, and our design process. They aggregated their findings and presented them:
A highlight of the grand opening was the students performing a dance routine that mixed elements of hip-hop and yoga. The spacious lobby was design to be a flexible space, and so we’re delighted that the students can use it in this way.
ESKW/A was glad to see a former colleague; although she’s since moved to Boston, Janine Sutton was key to the design of this project.
News 12 featured the event here.
A few of the architects of BxC (from left): Kimberly Murphy, Jun Kumazawa, and Janine Sutton.