Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Student Commons

At Ethical Culture Fieldston School (ECFS), we transformed an existing assembly space within a historic building into a flexible Student Commons.

Middle school studentswalk socializing in the Student Commons

Originally the School’s cafeteria, today the Commons is a flexible shared space where both middle and high school students can study, socialize, or relax.  A double-height space with soaring ceilings, the Commons also offers a large assembly space for student and staff events. The full interior renovation includes new interior finishes, millwork, furniture, lighting, technology infrastructure, and mechanical systems. The furniture is designed to be highly used with the active student body in mind, who reconfigure the space hour to hour.

  • High school students socializing in the Student Commons
  • The ECFS Student Commons before renovation
    Before renovation

ECFS is a co-educational, independent school on the wooded Fieldston Campus in the Bronx. This project follows the success of our transformative student-centered renovation of Tate Library and was concurrent with the new Design Studios.