Middletown Middle School
Through the use of color, extremes in scale, daylighting and exposed structures, Middletown Middle School fosters creativity, openness and connection. The new school design responds to the natural rolling site. While the building is part of a larger school site, its placement in a recessed hillside gives it a sense of privacy and uniqueness. Visitors experience varied scale upon arrival with an impressive 20 foot by 30 foot main canopy over the entrance leading to a secondary lower canopy above the main doors.
The exposed structure of the bridge and ceiling and mechanical systems blur the lines between exterior and interior spaces. The removal of defined space was created for student congregation and community. The main facility feeds off bay systems forming the 400 foot long “main street” beginning at the entrance and concluding in the library. Program spaces open to the “street” creating views across outdoor spaces and borrowing daylight from clerestory windows in classrooms. The colors in the corridor and throughout the building draw attention to activity and designate transitions. Middletown Middle School is comprised of fifty-two classrooms for general study, science, special education, computer study, art, family and consumer science, music and technical education. The project also includes a library, gymnasium, auditorium, cafeteria and administrative offices.