The full development of a 42,000-square-foot charter middle school and commercial center, located on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx.




Situated along the elevated train track on Jerome Avenue, this project entails the consolidation of five different properties to accommodate a new commercial zone and community center. With Lehman College located just one stop North on the 4 train, we envision the Jerome corridor as an opportunity to expand and connect this new education hub.

The transparent ground level engages sidewalk traffic through four commercial spaces, as well as the entrance to the school’s lobby. The middle school is organized vertically around a large atrium staircase, linking the assembly space at the basement level with the classrooms located on the second, third and fourth floors. The vertical section of the atrium receives a large amount of natural light, with a skylight spanning its entire length. The open atrium also connects to the outdoor playground on the roof of the building.

To protect the classrooms from the acoustical and vibrational noise of the train tracks below, we selected a metal mesh wrap to extend across the front facade, and also serve as a protective screen for roof activities. With a projected 375 students and faculty members, this new school building, as well as the surrounding neighborhood at street level, will be activated with life and energy, creating a space for new encounters and community bonding.