Ferndale High School

Ferndale, Michigan

  • FIRM

    TMP Architecture, Inc.


    Ferndale School District

  • AREA

    265,000 sq.ft.





Ferndale High School’s original media center was grossly undersized and poorly located. A new media center and various support spaces were constructed to provide media and technology access. Situated in an existing student commons area with a scenic courtyard view, the new center is a focal point of the school, and is easily accessible for students and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$99.14FEATURED IN1999 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers community.

The new, long and narrow structure parallels the length of the commons with the entrance centered on the main stairway. The floor of the media center is level with the commons or street, creating an elevated structure on the courtyard side. Within the courtyard, covered outdoor student spaces were created.

The interior is a large, flexible space that can be adapted to meet technological needs. The circulation desk is centrally located near the entrance, and furniture is arranged to provide single-location supervision. Low shelving and casual seating were placed along the exterior wall in order to maintain courtyard views. A blue and red color palette was used throughout with natural oak furniture to create a vibrant, practical and durable environment. Modular soft-seating was upholstered in a large-scale, lively fabric adding to the excitement of the space.

Photographer: ©Justin Maconochie, Hedrich-Blessing