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The Lawrenceville School
Lawrenceville, NJ
253,000 GSF | 23 acre site
Jeremy Bittermann
Phase 1 Complete
The Architect’s Newspaper, Best of Design Awards, Honorable Mention, Unbuilt – Education category



Design approach to scale and roofscapes

Sports buildings are usually large volumes that if designed as a collection of venues, while encompassing the needed programs, would disrupt the lower scale of the Campus and most of the buildings at The Lawrenceville School. Therefore, the approach to keep the new Field House at a comparable height was a key parameter for design, especially because of its closeness to the student houses and the Kirby Science building. The large volumes for the pool, ice, and basketball are depressed and buried at a lower level, taking advantage of the height difference of the site in section, and leaving the upper floor as a concourse level from which the spectator can look down into all the venues.

The curved roofscapes unify and break down the scale of the building. The historic Field House has beautiful curved structural frames, and the new Field House echoes the fillet curved profile and gives the building its special character by joining two straight sections with a curved peak. This simple move of concave ceilings creates a unique curved profile that allows for lateral light through the clerestories at the dining space and hides mechanical rooms, bringing volume to the pool and ice rink while breaking down the scale of this large facility. 


The circulation plan creates a clean separation of users, but also helps to create a simple wayfinding strategy by allocating main users to each floor. The upper floor acts as a concourse level, overlooking the venues and connecting them all at the same floor level. The large community and gathering spaces are the dining and the upper lobby, acting as anchors for the common spaces, which then dissipate throughout the building, linking all the programs. 

The lower floor is designed to be the athletes’ level, as it brings all the students from the fields across the road, the guests arriving for competitions, and the students accessing locker rooms to enter their respective sports, either coming from the main campus from the north, or from the fields across the creek and the south loop road. 

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