John Ciardullo Associates
A tight and challenging urban site
provides unusual design opportunities
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P.S. 242 accommodates approximately 400
students ranging from pre-kindergarten through third grade.
The 21,000-square-foot trapezoidal site posed a problem in
designing a 47,000-square-foot building that responded to
each unique side of the site. In addition to the programmatic
and mechanical spaces, an exterior play area was also required.
The site was further limited by zoning height and setback
The solution was to create an "L"-shaped
building with the long leg set parallel, eight feet from the
north property line. This leg forms the primary four-story
mass that houses the administrative, educational, and mechanical
spaces, which are organized along doubled-loaded corridors
on each floor. This organization is expressed at the main
entry by a full height curtain wall and projecting canopy
over the entry. The short leg of the "L" forms a
secondary, one-story mass containing the student cafeteria/multipurpose
room set along the west property line. It provides direct
access to the play area, which is nestled between both masses
of the building and is raised four feet above the busy intersection.
Each mass is articulated by three tones
of golden brown brick used in combination with solid fields
or with fields with accent striping. The brick forms a neutral
background for the use of bold colors at the exterior windows
(red), curtain wall (blue), and louvers (green). The varied
arrangements and size of double- and single-window units further
enlivens the elevations and expresses each type of programmatic
Public School 242
50,000 sq. ft.
New York City Board of Education www.nycenet.edu
John Ciardullo Associates,
221 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
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