The Harpeth Hall School, Hortense B. Ingram Upper School

Nashville, Tennessee

Harpeth Hall School leaders strive for national excellence, a goal expressed in the architecture of the Upper School, which involved transforming the existing facility with a combination of new spaces and renovation. A cohesive design with a theme of openness reinforces the discussion-oriented teaching approach.

This project emphasizes collaboration and meets the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$200.00FEATURED IN2008 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas of connecting three existing buildings at various floor elevations.

The spacious connecting corridor, both elegant and inviting, becomes the communications spine and creates visibility and interaction. Cove lighting supplements extensive daylighting from the skylight above. Interior office windows add natural light and invite students to enter.

Finishes are welcoming, cheerful and warm. They mirror the natural landscape, including rusty-brown carpet hues; robin’s egg blue, ocher and khaki walls; white trim; bamboo flooring and light wood furniture.

State-of-the-art classrooms and gathering spaces feature operable windows showcasing park-like views. Dimmable fluorescent fixtures, daylighting and carefully positioned indirect lighting save energy and eliminate laptop screen glare.