Maplewood-Richmond Heights Elementary School is the result of a series of public workshops in which the community was asked to consider the future of its district in light of aging facilities and rising operating costs. The community recommended eliminating two ineffective elementary schools and consolidating into one modern facility.
The centerpiece of the school is ASSOCIATED FIRMArchitectural Design ResourceCOST PER SQ FT$126.00FEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers student media center and library. The space was designed around the superintendent’s desire to have a sophisticated learning environment that metaphorically resembled an interactive museum. Low shelving not only serves a functional purpose, but also provides students with an eye-level view of artifacts on display. In addition, designated spaces, such as the recessed kiva, promote interactive learning for a variety of small-group activities.
The museum theme blends into each element of the interior design. The sophisticated color palette, introduced in the shelving and furniture, is placed strategically throughout the space.
The whimsical serpentine couch is accented by carefully placed colored tiles, providing pops of color and interest. Both versatile and flexible, these tiles mimic the surrounding classroom accent colors and can be replaced easily as needed.