SOUTH BRONX CLASSICAL SCHOOL IV

Civic Builders, Classical Charter Schools

A BEACON OF EXCELLENCE IN THE SOUTH BRONX

SOUTH BRONX CLASSICAL SCHOOL IV

Civic Builders, Classical Charter Schools

BRONX, NY

52,000 sf

the opportunity

Classical Charter Schools prides itself on a distinctive approach to educating students, whom they call scholars, through a rigorous classical curriculum with focus on art, music, Latin, debate, fitness, and other disciplines proven to prepare students for current and lifelong success. For their fourth school in the South Bronx, Classical Charter Schools sought a “classical school building” to support its highly structured setting and pedagogy.

our approach

Inspired by the client’s reverence for the classics, the design team analyzed six classical architectural prototypes—the Agora, Temple, Theater, Stoa, Monument, and Ruin—and incorporated each element into the design of South Bronx Classical IV (SBC IV). For example, the lobby takes the form of the Agora, a plaza surrounded by civic buildings that serves as a central gathering place, flanked by the gym and cafeteria which serve as Temple and Theater, respectively.

OurProcess

PROGRAMING

Cafeteria, gymnasium, classrooms, medical suite, common spaces, administrative spaces