Dalton School Lobby
New York, NY

As a the outcome of a strategic branding process, the design makes a new expansive display case the focus of the lobby, as a “window into the life of the school” to more effectively exhibit the diversity of student life at Dalton to the neighborhood community.


The challenge to meet the school’s need for a symmetrical lobby space, commensurate in scale and character suitable for a school of 1100 students, several ground level offices needed to be relocated, requiring juggling spaces on several upper-level floors. Relating to the classical archway over the entry, a circular floor pattern with the school crest and a top-lit circular coffer create a central foyer within a long, narrow lobby space. The guard desk accommodates security and system controls in an unobtrusive curvilinear design. Secondary side doors, seating, book-bag storage, library book-drop and audio-visual capabilities flexibly support a range of seasonal and security concerns in this lively, high-traffic space.

CLIENT: The Dalton School

AREA: 3500 SF

RENDERING: Mongkut Punpuing

PHOTOGRAPHY: Chuck Choi Architectural Photography

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