Bloomington High School South

Bloomington, Indiana

This distinctive, linear commons has created a distinguishable “front door” for this 1965 facility. It serves both to logically organize and connect the functions of the high school campus, and celebrate the excitement of the high school experience.

The space is fronted by a three-story curtainwall-clad rotunda entry. The ground-level entry allows easy access to the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$95.00CITATIONBronze Citation, Facility Renovation CitationFEATURED IN1999 Educational Interiors1999 Architectural Portfolio located on the ground floor and visitor parking to the exterior. An intermediate landing connects to a bridge that penetrates the existing wall of the academic building and leads to the library at the center of the building.

White curtainwall framing contrasts with the limestone veneer on the existing building and classroom addition. Roof-level clerestory windows flood the space with natural light. The interior of the commons utilizes smooth-face limestone on the walls to contrast with the variegated limestone of the three existing buildings. Terrazzo patterns and steel trusses painted in the school color enliven the space. Multifixture pendant lights and sidewall sconces provide interior lighting, as well as dramatically highlighting the rotunda and entry at night.

Photographer: ©Kendall Reeves, Spectrum Studio

"What a new 'front door!' A gateway to learning that says 'Push the limits!'"—1999 Interiors jury

"Unifying renovation...light and spacious."—1999 Architectural Portfolio jury