BALA HOUSE MONTESSORI
PRESCHOOL AT HISTORIC CHURCH OF SAINT ASAPH
Bala Cynwyd, PA | 6,300 SF
Located on the historic campus of the Church of Saint Asaph, in Lower Merion Township, The Bala House is a small, community-based Montessori preschool and kindergarten. The design of the new addition was meant to honor, reference and respect the existing architecture, without copying it. By creating an independent architectural vocabulary for the addition and utilizing contemporary versions of existing materials and architectural forms, the design contrasts and compliments the existing campus.
The addition includes new classrooms with ample access to natural light, provision of indirect lighting, along with window sills, cabinetry and furniture appropriately ‘scaled down’ for young children’s use. Environmentally sensitive interior finish selections and the use of recycled products were employed throughout the project.