Robert Benson Photography

From the 2022 Educational Interiors Showcase: Somerville High School, Media Center

Dec. 15, 2022
The project was recognized in the Libraries/Media Centers category.

Somerville High School’s new media center provides students with a visually dramatic space that offers flexible, diverse learning experiences and ubiquitous technology.

Formerly situated in a dark, repurposed 1929 gymnasium, the media center now forms the heart of the school in plan and section, connecting many of the school’s diverse programs. Rather than a fixed-destination “room,” it serves as passageway and inspiration for all students as they move from class to class.

The space features two classroom areas for technology-driven instruction. Open collaboration areas with whiteboards and soft seating cater to small-scale projects and peer-to-peer learning. Small group rooms serve students in need of private study or one-to-one instruction. A maker space supports hands-on project work such as 3D printing, robotics, and TV production.

Read more about Somerville High School's media center and view a photo gallery at

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