The growing importance of international education—culture, language and arts—prompted Webb School of Knoxville, a private K-12 institution, to include a freestanding International Center in the school’s comprehensive master plan.
Key objectives of the design effort were to relocate roads from the campus center to the perimeter, add a pedestrian-friendly green space COST PER SQ FT$168.04FEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation gathering space, and establish a formal commons area with an amphitheater, fountain, clock tower and outdoor recreation as a focal point for daily campus life. The north end of the commons is anchored by the new Clayton Science Building.
The International Center is a renovation of the former art building. Programming includes 12 classrooms for various language, culture and art curricula, as well as an informal, two-story gathering space for students. Daylight is a central element in the building. A commercial-scale kitchen is included to enable instruction of students in the preparation of regional cuisine as a part of the international experience. Art facilities with a kiln room and darkroom also are included for instruction in international art and culture.