There was one site that was interesting, but it is based on school design, not classroom design. http://www.imagineschooldesign.org/
This site is good if I had a big pile of money and wanted to overhaul an entire building, (but I thought I'd start small first), and some of them look like Schools by Ikea. However, there are a couple of interesting ideas that are school-based.
I guess I still like my design concept because it does not require huge piles of money or a bulldozer, but I was kind of hoping for some confirmation from other websites about my design. The closest things I have seen so far are some Montessori, Waldorf and Reggio Emilia ideas because they are so exploratory and organically-based.
A Montessori-based classroom from http://www.begamontessori.com/
A Waldorf classroom from http://www.mulberryschool.net/about.htm
But as interesting as these classroom ideas were to me, I still found that they did not fit my requirements. My biggest priorities for my classroom design were:
The design should not reinforce the "industrialization" approach of a classroom.
It should reflect an exploratory, hands-on approach.
It should provide flexibility and allow for choice for my students.
It should be comfortable, innovative, and stylish, with a bit of whimsy.
The design should cost as little money as possible. (Did I mention that I am footing the bill for all of this?)
My staff went out to visit an alternate school in the city (I'm in the suburbs). I was really hoping to see something really different in terms of classroom design. I was impressed with some aspect of their school design (geothermal heating, rain barrels, break out walls), and their programs (no letter grades, multi-age groupings, collaborative teaching), but I was a little disappointed in terms of their classroom design. It just looked like another new school.
There is this great mentor teacher, Penny, who comes to visit our school. I asked her if she knew of any classrooms with interesting designs, and described what I was looking for. She told me of a few options, but she said something interesting: "I know we always want to go and see a model of what we are doing.. but what if there wasn't one out there.. what if you were going to be the model.. would that change things for you?"
I like to think of myself as an innovator (though it really turns out that I just can't follow directions), so, with no reinforcement and no models to follow, my teaching partner and I forged ahead. In some ways, it was very liberating because we could make things up as we went along and could allow for flexibility.