Holland New Tech High School

Holland, Michigan

In a public school district with a vision to move educational practice into the future, the initial innovative and inspiring spark came in the form of Holland New Tech High School.

Working with the administration, board of education and community business leaders, the charge for the design was to revive an outdated and crumbling ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$88.00CITATIONGold CitationFEATURED IN2012 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation school into a high-tech, innovative instrument for 21st-century learning and project-based instruction that would serve as a catalyst for pedagogical change in the remainder of the school district.

In order to accomplish this within budget, the aesthetic theme was "using common materials in an uncommon way." Removing ceilings, bearing walls between classrooms and changing corridor walls from solid to transparent, created large, highly flexible volumes of space that showcase learning, replicate real-world business atmospheres and push the boundaries of the traditional definitions of learning environments.

"This project is a bold step in the right direction toward a shift in 21st-century classroom design. Great value. Inspirational and fun."--2012 jury