Northpoint Elementary School

Blaine, Minnesota

With the design of its first new school in more than 30 years, Spring Lake Park Schools, Independent School District #16 established a district design committee.

As the design took shape, the committee wanted to incorporate a media center as the heart of the school. Also, one of the primary design commitments developed by the committee stated that “the atmosphere ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$150.89FEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers be friendly, welcoming, calm, warm and bright.”

In the media center, as well as throughout the building, this was accomplished using a color palette inspired by primary colors and the use of natural light. Taking advantage of the southern windows, colored/tinted glass continue the warmth of colors into the heart of the school.

The media center is at the center of the building, so the classrooms are very close to the media center. This minimizes the time it takes students to get to the media center. The furniture selected for the media center reflects the warmth of the room and is sized for young students.