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Ophir Elementary 8
Ophir Elementary Learning Commons
Ophir Elementary 9
Ophir Elementary Learning Commons
Ophir Elementary 12
Ophir Elementary 10

Ophir Elementary Learning Commons

big sky, montana

SMA Architects collaborated with Big Sky School District on designing the Ophir Elementary Learning Commons. The previously unfinished library space in the elementary school was reprogrammed to be mixed use, balancing the need for physical book storage with designated areas for storytelling, art creation, display, research and play.


The design makes reference to the area’s mountains, rivers and prairie ecosystems with native finishes, colors, and forms. From the mountain peak white boards and topographic wall graphics, to the leaf shaped furniture and aspen tree display cases, everything was designed to stimulate tactility and interaction within the local context of the Big Sky area.

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