Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, St. Albans School Marriott Hall is located in Washington, DC, United States. The new building itself, known as Marriott Hall, is a three-storey modernist structure that also carefully establishes a familial relationship to the neo-Gothic architecture of the existing campus. Terraced walkways provide places for students to gather and interact on campus, an important part of the institution’s educational philosophy. .
Classrooms are clad in floor-to-ceiling glass. The architects carefully controlled the daylight in the interior by installing a light shelf eight feet up the glass wall. Below that point, the glass has a ceramic frit at 30 percent density; above, the glass is clear. This mitigates glare and heat gain, while allowing full sunlight to bounce off the shelf and turn the ceiling into an indirect reflector.