Ridge Wood Elementary School

Northville, Michigan

  • FIRM

    Fanning Howey


    Northville Public Schools

  • AREA

    80,310 sq.ft.





The media center at Ridge Wood Elementary School combines an art gallery aesthetic with a flexible learning environment for 600 students.

Situated just off the school’s main commons, the flexible space includes ample room for individual instruction or small-group activities. A carefully programmed suite of spaces includes a computer lab, classroom, workroom, office ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$127.00FEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers storage areas. A retractable projection screen and windows equipped with electronically operated blinds make the area ideal for large presentations.

Images from Dr. Seuss, and Peter Pan and other beloved characters take the shape of sprawling murals designed by a local artist. Natural light from two parallel rows of windows creates a bright and creative environment. The outdoor kindergarten/daycare area, which can be accessed directly from the media center, doubles as an art garden, completing the gallery theme.

Columns with brick bases and cast-stone tops echo the classic Victorian architecture of the surrounding community. The large clock at the entrance was inspired by one of Northville’s most recognizable landmarks, a four-sided clock that marks the center of downtown.