The Lawrenceville School Kirby Math and Science Center Addition
A STEM Learning Commons
Lawrenceville, NJ

Project Type

Fourteen years after Hillier designed the F.M. Kirby Science Center, the Lawrenceville School decided to add a math wing that would replace the aging Corby Math Building. The two-story, 20,000 square foot addition fulfilled the School’s STEM objectives by adding new classrooms and creating a learning commons that unified the interdisciplinary curriculum-based programs.

Connection to Campus

Contextually, the addition negotiates a confined spatial envelope between the Admissions Building and a visual axis with the library across the Green. Subtle shifts in the building geometry allow view corridors and pedestrian walkways to cohere to the monumental landscape.

Light-Filled Corridor

The student and faculty lounges, academic departments, and shared teaching spaces are arranged along a wide, bright, cross-axial corridor that connects to the existing computer science facility.

Connection to Original Structure

The building materials used for the addition are a continuation of the patterned brick, cast stone and zinc used on the original Kirby Science Center.