Unity Christian High School

Hudsonville, Michigan

Unity Christian High School prides itself on its strong sense of community, educational excellence and strong values in faith. The design intent was to create a communal space for social and educational interaction that would reinforce these principles and become the heart of the school.
The outcome is a two-story multipurpose commons that accommodates a variety of ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$122.00FEATURED IN2016 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas sizes and activities. It is where students, teachers and community come to meet, collaborate and study. The space accommodates educational instruction, the cafeteria and pre/post function activities for events taking place in the adjacent gym and worship chapel. Interior surfaces are a contrast of exposed concrete walls and burnished floors balanced with vibrant colors and wood features that add texture and warmth. Natural light floods the space though daylight monitors above.
Dubbed by students as “The Commons,” this fluid space features many different furnishing types, heights and configurations, most of which are flexible to allow for easy reconfiguration. The second-floor Learning Commons space extends the commons area by opening the garage-style overhead doors.