Muddy Brook Elementary School

Great Barrington, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    Kingscott Associates


    Berkshire Hills Regional School District

  • AREA

    86,035 sq.ft.





Muddy Brook’s media center is designed to “bring the outside in” through third-floor building placement and windows on three exterior walls. The result is stunning natural light and unobstructed views of the surrounding Berkshire Mountains. A series of smaller window openings correlate to grade levels and maintain a scale suitable for young students.

Interior ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$151.00CITATIONSilver CitationFEATURED IN2006 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers incorporate shades of greens, yellows and blues found in nature, creating a restful, reassuring environment. At the same time, bold designs and textures convey fun and creativity.

Generous interior windows between the media center and support space provide visual connections and meet supervision needs. Appropriately sized bookcases and the circulation desk let students approach easily.

The center’s focal point is the lounge area, which has a window seat, colorful upholstered furniture and a rocking chair.

The center includes space for classroom seating, storytelling, computer pods and reference. Support rooms maximize center usage with enrichment and project rooms, as well as a staff planning room, technology storage and a large computer lab.

“Good organization. Very inviting and colorful. Interesting lighting design—flooded with

natural light.”--2006 jury