Morrison School

Morrison, Tennessee

  • FIRM

    Red Chair Architects


    Warren County School District

  • AREA

    73,155 sq.ft.





The Morrison School concept was born out of the pragmatic notions of proper orientation, daylighting, and an insistence on "building the diagram," resulting in a clear organization of plan and clarity of wayfinding.

The primary circulation axis runs north-south, connecting the front entry of the building to the rear entry. This axis essentially ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMAllmon Engineering; Carpenter Wright Engineers; Oliver Rhoads & Associates; Danley DesignsCOST PER SQ FT$114.00FEATURED IN2014 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas a line of demarcation between the core elements and the classroom wings, with the exception of the overlaid transparent bar which houses the cafeteria, servery queuing, and library. This transparent bar, comprised of a series of parallel transparent walls, allows borrowed light deep into the middle of the building, while it spatially supersedes the corridor.

The remaining core elements - the administration wing, cafeteria, and gymnasium - are organized on the west side of the building. On the east side of the facility, three parallel classroom wings plug into the primary axis, providing a desirable solar orientation, fenestration in all classrooms, and outdoor classrooms in between.

Although LEED certification was financially unattainable for the school system, the owner and architect were committed to the sustainable “low-hanging fruit.” Further, the budget constraints led to creative programming solutions containing flexible spaces with multiple uses. The notion of building less, but with greater flexibility, was considered a sustainable strategy in terms of resource conservation.