La Scuola d’Italia

DMR provided professional services through design and approvals to La Scuola d’Italia, a bilingual private school in Manhattan, to renovate a 108,000 square foot, 11- story, former research facility into a thriving education and cultural center to serve 600 students, grades Pre-K–12.

The project consisted of an interior and exterior gut-demolition to provide teaching spaces, a full teaching kitchen and dining area, and a grand entrance lobby with a gallery, among other specialty spaces. The design included a 200-seat auditorium and outdoor terrace on the 11th floor, and a gymnasium in the basement, two challenging programming elements which required the removal of floor plates and existing structural columns to make the design feasible.