Phillips Academy Andover: Elson Courtyard

Andover, Massachusetts


Client:  Phillips Academy Andover

Year Complete:  2014


Project Team:   KZLA, Nitsch Engineering

Photography:  Anthony Crisafulli

Contractor:  Valleycrest Landscape Construction


Elson Courtyard is an "L-shaped" campus space that is bounded by the Addison Art Gallery, Elson Arts Building and George Washington Hall on the Phillips Andover Academy campus. In its current form, the landscape takes cues from the 1960’s arts building and is decidedly minimalist. Phillips Academy engaged KZLA to re-think the courtyard so it can become an engaging outdoor space that is actively used and is graphically interesting as it is viewed from the adjacent buildings. KZLA has explored how to use the space for exterior art installations, performance arts, and outdoor classes.