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The Hun School of Princeton
Cheseboro Academic Center
Princeton, New Jersey

Size: 37,400 sf
Schedule: Completed
Recognition: Outstanding Buildings/American School & University/2003 Architectural Showcase

Expanding and upgrading a library in the main academic building of this architecturally and academically distinctive prep school in central New Jersey presented many challenges.

Although the primary objective was to design a library for the 21st century, the building’s prominent location presented the opportunity to restate the School’s identity to enable it to remain distinctive among independent schools.

The library is situated on the upper level of two floors between two banks of classrooms. This area was revamped to house computer classrooms. The second phase is an addition that extends from the existing building down a dramatic slope to one arm of the classroom wing. This area contains additional library space and a faculty resource rooms.

Reading areas are accommodated in the curved element that extends over the hill to take advantage of views and natural light.

The new façade is constructed of tan brick with rounded edges and various coursing styles accented with chocolate-colored brick.

Photos by Jon Roemer Photography