Darien High School

The new Darien High School has been designed to “Promote a sense of place, a place where students and staff want to be, a place which generates pride throughout the community.” The 334,700 square foot facility serves an enrollment of up to 1,300 students. The school’s common spaces include the main lobby and an 18,000 square foot auditorium that will hold up to 1,200 people at public events. Curriculum disciplines are housed in separate buildings connected to each other by spacious, daylit corridors and walkways. The Core Classroom building is a three-story structure designed in a semicircular arc that faces a greenscape crisscrossed with curving pathways and punctuated by specimen plantings. Other buildings in this unique complex include the Library/Administration building, the Auditorium, the Health building, the Science building with specialized laboratories and a greenhouse, and a Gymnasium with a Main Gymnasium as well as a Multi-purpose Gymnasium. The athletic facilities include playing fields, five tennis courts, and a fitness center. With the exception of the Gymnasium, all the independent buildings offer views of the greenscape, providing a vital connectivity within the High School Complex for the benefit of its students and faculty.

Construction cost: $73,000,000

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Client: Architect – Newman Architects
Location: Darien, CT