Germantown Friends School | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Hargroves Center at Germantown Friends School was intended to be a hub for every student on campus that would provide a much-needed lounge/meeting spaces, math & computer classrooms that incorporated technology for interactive instruction, and a snack bar.
Its construction introduced a new facade on Germantown Avenue, a main commercial artery for the surrounding neighborhood, that reinforced the presence of Germantown Friends School in the community and as part of the neighborhood’s urban fabric. Together with the school’s Sharpless Building, it defines the corner of Germantown Avenue and Coulter Street as the gateway to their campus. It also included a new terrace adjacent to the building and a new parking lot.
The new building was designed to integrate with the existing campus aesthetic while creating an exciting and student-friendly interior. In the spirit of Quaker simplicity, we chose to use the stained and waxed structural slab as the finished floor. Because of its relative distance from campus, the design emphasizes the diagonal view back to main campus. The main window in the stair, the windows in the snack bar, as well as one classroom face that direction. The steeply-pitched gable roof recalls the roof of the historic Meeting House, the school’s architectural centerpiece. The overall aesthetic is institutional, yet welcoming in keeping with the school’s tradition of Quaker origins.
Interior Design completed in association with Executive Interiors
Size: 12,500 sf
Budget: $2.3 million
Architecture, Interior Design