Ennead: Lycee Francais de New York

Ennead: Lycee Francais de New York

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This is one in a series of books, each of which tells the story of a single building.  It is our hope that as these books accumulate alongside our body of work, they, in their aggregate, will form a profile of our design intentions.  -Ennead Architects

A FRENCH SCHOOL FOR NEW YORK CITY

The design of the Lycee Francais de New York conveys the rigor and order of the school's French pedagogy.  It resonates deeply with the school's unique history in New York City, the memory of the six original Beaux Arts buildings that had defined its previous home, and the rhythms, forms and materials of the City's dense Cartesian landscape.  The process through which the design emerged was an iterative one that thrived on the intersection of our individual and collaborative explorations: of personal experiences in France, individual interpretations of French culture and education, the rich tradition of innovation and invention in French architecture and a shared commitment to the creation of a building expressive of the mission and aspirations of the school.  The new building has captured the vitality of the Lycee as an essential part of the New York City educational and cultural community for future generations.