EAST HARLEM SCHOOL

Architect
GLUCK+
Location
New York City

One of Lux Populi’s first collaborations with long term clients Gluck+ (then Peter Gluck and Partners), the East Harlem School showcases our focus on clarity in design whilst designing within constraints.  The project was delivered six months early and under budget, the result of restraint by all parties.  Lux Populi established a language of simple motifs (circles at all scales, breakup patterns) that allowed basic fixtures to create consistency and performance with a common voice.

The circles become a focus in the cafeteria space, in which they drive the space’s many functions, as an exam hall, a classroom, social hall and many other functions.

Recognizing the challenges of the neighborhood, Lux Populi lit the façade and entry ramp brightly to signal a safe-place for children and parents alike to await each other, and activating the streetscape around.