Mars Hill Academy

Mason, Ohio

The initial phase of this K-12 classical Christian school represents its first permanent home. It is capable of serving up to 350 students and represents 36,000 square feet of the total 50,000 square feet planned. The completion of Phase II will enable the school to serve up to 500 students on the 13-acre site. The master plan includes two classroom wings defining a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$125.00FEATURED IN2007 Educational Interiors2007 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon AreasSUB CATEGORYSpecialized pond/outdoor learning center, administration areas, a cafeteria, gymnasium, performing- and visual-arts wing, and outdoor play and athletic fields.

The whitewashed board and batten aesthetic evokes “American Gothic” churches of rural America. This typology uses simple, yet classical forms consistent with the character embodied in the school’s mission, which reflects humility, respect for the environment and community interaction. The appearance of a “rural village” was used to easily facilitate phasing, work with existing site features and maintain a small “approachable” scale. A signature bell tower marks the institution within the community and functions as the main entry.

The classroom wings are separated from the more communal spaces with a transparent common area intended for flexible, casual interaction and instruction.