Who says schools have to be bland and beige?  Not anymore….  Read how five schools drew their inspirations for interior design from the great outdoors.  Each has a different look that is relevant to their surroundings while keeping the students and faculties interest.  See how schools can be both functional and beautiful at the same time


by Michael Fickes
Time was, interior designs for schools imitated the worst examples of institutional blandness. But times change.

Today’s newest school designs challenge the assumption that a school must look bland and institutional. Where did that idea come from anyway? Certainly not from Sandstone, Minn., which recently opened a new K-12 school that brings the great outdoors indoors. Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood has no time for boring school interiors, either. Witness the new Whittier Elementary School and its maritime interior design themes. In Dearborn, Mich., the new Michael Berry Career Center has adopted an exciting industrial design look. Milford High School in Highland, Mich., recently turned its new recreation center into a zoo. And if you don’t care for design themes, you can follow the lead of St. Benedict at Auburndale High School and design interiors with the look of sleek new furnishings. Institutional design? Well, these five schools are institutions. So their designs are institutional. But they are not, by any stretch of the imagination, bland.

To read more about how and where schools get the inspiration for their interiors, click here.

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