Morgan Nowland
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From the 2022 Architectural Portfolio: Webb School of Knoxville, Middle School Innovation Center

Jan. 26, 2023
Jurors awarded the project a Middle School Citation for its exemplary design.

The Middle School Innovation Center at the Webb School of Knoxville in Knoxville, Tenn., offers students a variety of spaces to collaborate, innovate, and explore. A new entrance establishes a front-to-back two-story spine along the existing building, putting the library on full display. The space features a deep gray wall of books with sliding white boards. Penetrating this wall, the building is organized by placing labs and maker spaces to the perimeter with a common core featuring storage, offices, and a broadcast studio. Outside, patio spaces are used for study, shop, and robotics. Bright greens are a playful twist on the school’s colors, and the interiors reflect an attitude of creative whimsy, which is at the core of the facility’s design.

Read more about the Webb School of Knoxville, Middle School Innovation Center and view a photo gallery at

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