Croft Middle Design Center Nashville TN
Recognized as the top middle school in the 2003 Award for Excellence in Architectural Design program, sponsored by the Tennessee School Boards Association. This new educational facility has a cooperative relationship with the adjoining Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, incorporating zoo animals in all disciplines of the curriculum. Demonstration centers in the complex are available for use by other schools within the Metro School system, as well as community groups.
Various elements reinforce the global environmental awareness focus. The main lobby features a large statuary globe, live plants (representing two ecosystems), and an illuminated photowall. Each academic corridor follows a continental theme, emphasized by colors and patterns native to each continent. A country is selected to represent each continent -- and these flags adorn the main entrance.
Volumetric stacking, takes advantage of the sloped site. Large banks of windows flood interior stairways with natural sunlight, and the dining hall is brightened by convergent floor-to-ceiling window walls. The facility is situated to maximize natural plantings and trees.
Photography by Creative Sources Photography, Inc.