Detroit Country Day School, Lower School Expansion

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan


TMP Architecture


Detroit Country Day School


72,926 sq.ft.

Completion Date


The Detroit Country Day Lower School provides an innovative learning environment for students from first through fourth grades. This project focuses on imaginative theming unique to each classroom wing and shared learning spaces intent on making students feel at home and giving them ownership over their space.

Featuring bright colors, room entrances that look like colorful houses, cloud fixtures hanging from the ceiling, and even grass-like seating areas, the building brings the outdoors inside to give students their own world to inhabit. The individual classrooms are spacious, each more than 1,000 square feet and serving small class sizes of about 20 students. These large spaces include flexible furniture and integrated technology so that educators can transform the classrooms to meet their needs.

The feeling of community extends beyond the individual classrooms to the school’s shared spaces. The communal media center, maker space, and tinker labs augment the classroom learning environment, offering more hands-on, interactive opportunities to work with one another daily.

This renovation replaces an aging elementary building and connects to existing campus facilities. “The Hamlet” houses the Detroit Country Day Early Childhood Center and also features indoor Victorian-style cottages as the entrance to each individual classroom, a project conceptualized and created with TMP Architecture in 2000.

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Interior category

Pre-K/Early Childhood Education

Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Interface
Flooring by Tandus
Flooring by Armstrong World Industries
Flooring by Shaw
Physical-Education Flooring by Connor Sport Court
Brick/Masonry by Watsontown Brick
Brick/Masonry by Yankee Hill Brick & Tile
Ceilings by USG
Ceramic Tile by Dal-Tile
Ceramic Tile by American Olean
Ceramic Tile by Atlas Concorde
Ceramic Tile by Panaria
Door Hardware by Corbin Russwin
Door Hardware by Von Duprin
Door Hardware by LCN Closers
Door Hardware by Hager
Door Hardware by Ives
Doors by CECO Door
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Skylights by Wasco
Windows by Tubelite
Locks by Corbin Russwin
Cafeteria Furniture by Palmer Hamilton
Classroom Furniture by V/S America
Classroom Furniture by Gressco
Library/Media Center Furniture by Arcadia
Lounge Furniture by Allermuir
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by NoraNivel
Office Furniture by Allsteel
Science Furniture by NoraNivel
Athletic Equipment by Performance Sports Systems (PSS)
Scoreboards/Clocks by Daktronics
HVAC Units by Trane
ADA/Compliance Equipment by LCN Closers
Kitchen Equipment by Southbend
Kitchen Equipment by Hobart
Kitchen Equipment by Advanced Tabco
Kitchen Equipment by Metro
Cabinets by Corian
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