Gruss Center for Art & Design Featured in Architectural Record

Lawrenceville’s Gruss Center for Art and Design (GCAD) is featured in the latest issue of Architectural Record. The piece tells the story of the building’s transformation from fine arts instruction into an interdisciplinary makerspace. GCAD is now Lawrenceville’s creative hub, featuring everything from charcoal drawing and oil painting to digital fabrication and robotics.
The Architectural Record article discusses GCAD’s seamless meld of exterior design elements (found on surrounding buildings) with flexible, state-of-the-art makerspaces, classrooms, and meeting spaces. GCAD was designed by Boston-based Sasaki, the first in a series of the firm’s projects that are part of the Lawrenceville School Master Plan to revitalize the campus while remaining true to its history as a National Historic Monument. Both Head of School Steve Murray and Sasaki Principal Vinicius Gorgati are quoted in the story, helping to explain the creative process behind the building’s design and functionality.
The Lawrenceville School Master Plan is comprehensive in scope and addresses the pedestrianization of the campus, circulation and movement, landscape structure and spaces, natural systems and hydrology, and programming and identification of space needs, with focused investigations around maker spaces, dining, residential life, and a future field house. Underpinning all aspects of the plan is the desire to maintain a fine balance between its historic legacy and contemporary relevance.
For additional information, please contact Lisa M. Gillard Hanson, director of Public Relations, at lgillard@lawrenceville.org.
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