At King School, a private pre-K through 12 school in Stamford, Connecticut, a double-height volume formerly used as a gymnasium and stage was transformed into an academic center. This solution links the library, visual arts, and academic programs together in the center of the upper school. An opening was made to connect the double-height volume with the second story, and within that opening a new elevator and ornamental staircase bring natural daylight and activity into the new hub. A mezzanine surrounding the academic center serves as a gallery and informal meeting space. It also provides access to a stepped lecture hall, the cafeteria, and adjacent fitness rooms.