New Trier High School Renovation, Addition, and Future Expansion
Winnetka, Illinois / United States of America
The Future of New Trier High School
The challenge involved replacing three old, inefficient, inaccessible buildings—the cafeteria (1912), Tech Arts Building (1931), and Music Building (1950)—with a modern facility that meets a top-ranked school's current and future academic needs. New program elements include flexible academic and elective classrooms, science labs, additional library space, and a multipurpose cafeteria/meeting/study space.
Transforming Purpose into Place
The concept creates a sustainable facility that is strongly integrated with the existing campus, while providing places to nurture collaboration and creativity. Learning, performance, and community spaces are configured for maximum flexibility, accommodating a range of learning approaches and allowing for easy future adaptation.
Inspiring and Implementable
The approach is bold and inspiring but practical, building on the strengths of the existing structures and relating harmoniously to the community. The design enhances existing open courts while creating a vibrant "heart" of school life—connecting new and existing spaces, providing a sense of discovery and delight, and allowing for a wide range of creative uses. An array of learning spaces of different types and scales are provided, including intimate, quiet, medium-activity, and several larger forum-type spaces—all woven together by a welcoming, usable atrium.
Architect of record
Legat Architects, Inc.
651 W. Washington Blvd., Suite One
Chicago, IL 60661, USA
James Mary O’Connor
Moore Ruble Yudell Architects and Planners
933 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA
1501 Main St., Suite 203
Venice, CA 90291, USA