Belmont Day School Barn
The Barn was conceived as part of a strategic campus vision plan that Utile developed for The Belmont Day School. It houses a large indoor flexible athletics field house with a two-story head house containing four workshop-style classroom spaces, offices, and locker rooms. The Barn also contains two side-by-side dual use basketball and tennis courts with multiple garage doors that open out to two outdoor tennis courts. These doors, along with operable clerestory windows, allow for passive cooling of the space.
The siting and composition of the 30,000 square foot barn is carefully considered to complement the form and scale of the existing campus. For economy, the field house was constructed as a pre-engineered steel building with an insulated corrugated metal panel wall system. The design for the head house embraces this corrugated metal cladding, with a playful composition of window openings that give each of the four identically-sized classrooms a unique character. The custom, yet flexible, millwork in each room pairs with these window openings to fit a variety of teaching and learning styles.
An alternating bay structure in the head house is structurally efficient and offers support spaces between classrooms. Likewise, the large circulation spaces outside the classrooms bridge between the more focused learning areas of the head house and the activity of the gym. These double as breakout spaces for small group work and have the capacity to host larger gatherings or events.
Interior Photos by John Horner Photography