The Brooks School’s new 48,000 sf Center for the Arts houses all the Visual and Performing Arts programs for the residential campus. The east wing has a double-height entrance and connects to the 380 seat proscenium and 70 seat black box theaters. The two theaters share scene shop, green room, costume shops, and changing rooms. The west wing is accessed from “Main Street” and includes state-of-the-art music classrooms and a flexible digital recording studio. The 2D and 3D arts studios feature floor-to-ceiling glass walls, providing abundant daylight. Connecting all of the spaces is a 17’ wide two-story “Arts Street”, which can accommodate group pinups and impromptu performances. The design maintains the scale of neighboring buildings and allows each department to be both independent and connected. With the adjacent Student Center and Danforth Gym, the new Center creates an outdoor courtyard and lawn for gatherings, art studio projects, and events.
North Andover, Massachusetts