Motlow State Community College, Clayton Glass Library

Tullahoma, Tennessee

  • FIRM

    Rutledge Interiors


    Tennessee Board of Regents

  • AREA

    31,193 sq.ft.





This library serves 12 rural counties near the Jack Daniels Distillery. The Craftsman style was selected to harmonize with the rural setting. The color scheme was chosen to coincide with the concept of bringing the outside in. Accents of wood and ceramics were added to contrast with the exposed structure and stimulate its warmth and texture.

The library’s gable roof ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMKline Swinney AssociatesCOST PER SQ FT$168.85CITATIONSilver CitationFEATURED IN2008 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers the building from the rest of the school. The second-story entry rotunda is surrounded by second-floor library rooms, allowing students to experience the library spaces without entering it. The entry’s floating wood ceiling allows sunlight from the clerestory above to filter through like trees filter light to the forest floor. Tumbled, earth-toned stone tile was used in the entry floor and accents like stones in a creek.

The massive stair supports are broken up with laminated photos of well-known scenes and landmarks from surrounding communities. The cantilevered stairs are like tree branches.

The building’s exterior blends with the ‘60s campus architecture of rectangular brick buildings with horizontal limestone bands and vertical floor-to-ceiling slit windows.

“Very well-detailed with expressive materials.

It represents the rural area beautifully.”--2008 jury