A library for the age of innovation

Deerfield Academy

An essential component in Deerfield’s Campus Master Plan, the renovation of Boyden Library created a new and modern academic hub while reinvigorating a historically significant building. Featuring a number of exciting new programs—from a maker space, an innovation lab, and shared classrooms to new homes for a wide range of administrative and program offices—ARC navigated the spatial constraints and aesthetic demands of the surrounding campus to deliver solutions that enliven the school and community.
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Turning over a new leaf

To allow for new spaces and functionalities, ARC carefully re-organized the library’s book collection. The new-look library uses shelving and furniture to define a variety of rooms and seating arrangements for student work and study. Sustainable interior finish materials and energy-efficient lighting further establish an open, light-filled environment for study that also maintains key connections to campus history and tradition.

This beautifully renovated building simultaneously invites collaboration, creativity, and innovation on one hand, and quiet reflection and study on the other.

Margarita Curtis, Former Head of School, Deerfield Academy

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Old school, new spaces

A central element of the design concept involves  creating  new opportunities for collaboration and creativity in group- or project-based learning and student-faculty interaction, as well as flexible spaces for work, study, discussion, innovation, and “ideation.” As such, the Library features  many newly created spaces for digital-based learning, interdisciplinary interactions, and varied environments for study. 

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[The library] affirms the best of our traditions while anticipating the needs of the future. We are deeply grateful for this amazing facility.

Margarita Curtis, Former Head of School, Deerfield Academy

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Putting the “I” in “Innovation”

The Boyden Library is now home to a wide range of modern, inviting spaces, and also features a unique,  dedicated Innovation space known as the iLab. This large, open, flexible area in the lower level of the library was specifically created for students to learn through experimentation, light prototyping, and hands-on work. It’s outfitted with movable furniture, ample storage, and folding glass doors to provide an adaptable area for learning without fixed physical boundaries or predetermined limits on its uses. 

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Photography: Warren Patterson Photography: Deerfield Academy

Project
Boyden Library Renovation at Deerfield Academy
Location
Deerfield, MA
Size
40,000 SF

A library for the age of innovation

Deerfield Academy

Project
Boyden Library Renovation at Deerfield Academy
Location
Deerfield, MA
Size
40,000 SF
An essential component in Deerfield’s Campus Master Plan, the renovation of Boyden Library created a new and modern academic hub while reinvigorating a historically significant building. Featuring a number of exciting new programs—from a maker space, an innovation lab, and shared classrooms to new homes for a wide range of administrative and program offices—ARC navigated the spatial constraints and aesthetic demands of the surrounding campus to deliver solutions that enliven the school and community.
Presentation Mode
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ar02160117

Turning over a new leaf

To allow for new spaces and functionalities, ARC carefully re-organized the library’s book collection. The new-look library uses shelving and furniture to define a variety of rooms and seating arrangements for student work and study. Sustainable interior finish materials and energy-efficient lighting further establish an open, light-filled environment for study that also maintains key connections to campus history and tradition.

This beautifully renovated building simultaneously invites collaboration, creativity, and innovation on one hand, and quiet reflection and study on the other.

Margarita Curtis, Former Head of School, Deerfield Academy

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Old school, new spaces

A central element of the design concept involves  creating  new opportunities for collaboration and creativity in group- or project-based learning and student-faculty interaction, as well as flexible spaces for work, study, discussion, innovation, and “ideation.” As such, the Library features  many newly created spaces for digital-based learning, interdisciplinary interactions, and varied environments for study. 

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[The library] affirms the best of our traditions while anticipating the needs of the future. We are deeply grateful for this amazing facility.

Margarita Curtis, Former Head of School, Deerfield Academy

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Putting the “I” in “Innovation”

The Boyden Library is now home to a wide range of modern, inviting spaces, and also features a unique,  dedicated Innovation space known as the iLab. This large, open, flexible area in the lower level of the library was specifically created for students to learn through experimentation, light prototyping, and hands-on work. It’s outfitted with movable furniture, ample storage, and folding glass doors to provide an adaptable area for learning without fixed physical boundaries or predetermined limits on its uses. 

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Photography: Warren Patterson Photography: Deerfield Academy

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