St. Christopher’s Montessori School ExpansionVillage of Key Biscayne, Florida

St. Christopher’s Montessori expansion is a tribute to the school’s excellence in education that spans over 40 years in the vibrant Village of Key Biscayne. Berenblum Busch Architects designed a state-of-the-art three-story building addition, seamlessly integrating a new media center, classrooms, administrative offices, and a covered drop-off area. This thoughtful expansion addresses the school’s growth, creating a formal school entrance and drop-off which connects new and existing buildings on the campus. A media center/ library, visible on arrival, showcases student work and daily events at the school. The second floor provides versatile classrooms with movable partitions, while the third-floor houses administrative offices. Completed in 2018, the addition offers a contemporary architectural interpretation of the original 1960s design that blends within the campus.

Project Details
  • Year: 2018
  • Location: Village of Key Biscayne, Florida
  • Status: Complete
  • Client: St. Christopher’s Montessori School
  • Size: 7,000 SF
  • Team: Claudia Busch, Gustavo Berenblum, Renate Paris, Juan Zubillaga, Rafael Rama, Farah Doujon
  • Image Credits: BBAmiami
BBAMiami - St. Christopher’s Montessori School Expansion Mindful design that prioritizes the school's and students' needs
BBAMiami - St. Christopher’s Montessori School Expansion
BBAMiami - St. Christopher’s Montessori School Expansion
BBAMiami - St. Christopher’s Montessori School Expansion

This project is about addressing school growth with an intelligent addition that transcends site challenges.

BBAMiami - St. Christopher’s Montessori School Expansion

In keeping with Montessori education principles, the addition is crafted with natural materials and imbued with natural light and visual connection to the outdoors.

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