How do you fit an event space for 150 people, six classrooms, and a full-size catering kitchen between a church and a parish house while meeting floodplain and wetlands restrictions (a river borders one edge of the property,) registered historic district requirements, and multiple easements? With ingenuity and not too many parallel lines.
The restrictions, requirements and easements mentioned up top forced the plan into an overall triangular shape but McAuliffe + Carroll was able to keep the feel of project’s exterior to a compound of three smaller buildings. Two of these (east and west wings) match the local houses in size and silhouette. The third with its long stone front echoes the feel of nearby historic ruins as well as some of the inns, mills, and larger buildings native to the area.
Inside, as you can see from the photos above, it feels as one – a large interconnected space, with an easy flow from the event hall to the classrooms and to the parish house. There are no real wings per se. McAuliffe + Carroll’s signature use of color and form is seen throughout keeping the interior feeling fresh and contemporary.