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City of Newton

Newton North High School

Three wings and a Main Street organize the program.

The school is broken down into three major wings, athletics, the academic core and the theatre, all linked by a luminous glass lobby that serves as one of two front doors into the school. A separate main entrance is located near the theatre, allowing for community access after-hours. Programmatically, the new school is organized with a "Main Street" plan. Main Street connects both inside and outside in a visually unbroken line. Within the academic wing, a serpentine-shaped plan with double-loaded corridors brings natural light and views to the outdoors into every classroom.

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Programs to fit every student's interest.

Newton North High School is one of the largest schools in Massachusetts, with comprehensive vocational technology training programs, indoor and outdoor athletic facilities, and performing arts theaters. Vocational spaces include a student run public café, carpentry workshop and an auto body shop.


21st Century learning principles.

Reflecting current trends in learning space design, all classrooms and laboratories are equipped with interactive smart boards and presentation tools. The library is an open, dynamic learning commons with public computers, flexible, laptop friendly furniture, and an innovation center dedicated to increasing media literacy and encouraging student directed exploration.

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GUND Newton North New Site Plan

Optimizing the site design.

Site conditions were the primary driver of the building form for this new 1850-student high school. Located in a fine-grained residential neighborhood, the building organization is ordered around a series of courtyards, which are set back from the street to create a sense of enclosure and engagement. The new high school occupies the same site as the previous high school, which remained open during construction. Athletic fields were rotated 90 degrees to provide optimal playing conditions and prevent direct sunlight in player's eyes.

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