“The architects were the vehicles that made our dream come true,” says Phil Gainous, principal of Montgomery Blair High School. Architects arrived with a clean slate and allowed a team of teachers, students, community members and administrators to become the school’s designers. Perhaps one of this team’s most creative ideas was its unique student COST PER SQ FT$68.97FEATURED IN2000 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas areas.
Because school officials wanted to minimize outdoor student traffic, architects created a closed campus with a Main Street concept, providing a space for appropriate student congregation. Main Street consists of colorful walls that playfully snake in and out, providing a fresh look that starkly contrasts traditionally long, flat, low-ceiling and white corridors. These walls also provide natural gathering spaces in the swells of the curving pattern.
Main Street is the hub for all major areas of the “town” including classrooms, the media center, gymnasiums, the auditorium, the main office and the dining area. The dining area is complemented by several outdoor, yet enclosed courtyards where students can gather during lunch periods and other non-instructional times.
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