College Planning & Management

OCT 2012

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F&E 2 012 Furniture & Equipment should have a celebratory character. Just as they welcome students, visitors, and cam- pus leaders, these locations and interior spaces should also refl ect the institution's spirit and carry deeper meaning about the college's mission and purpose. Based on the work of our fi rm and oth- ers, we've uncovered some effective ways to integrate architecture, interior furnishings, fi nishes, artwork, and signage to create impressive spaces that delight visitors and students. The focus is often on devising ways to create opportunities for elevating the institutional brand and personality while also solving basic challenges for in- terior architecture. Bringing together these challenges, our recent campus projects have included a number of customized, unique interior elements, including: • Customized lighting fi xtures • Applied graphics in wall systems • Terrazzo fl oors with embedded artwork • Acoustical treatments such as tapestries • Sculptural elements We have also developed wall, fl oor, and PUBLIC SPACES The College's Public Persona Designing for reception areas, lobbies, welcome centers, and other public spaces. By Julia McFadden, AIA the more ceremonial the space, the bigger the expectations. That's why designs for lobbies, welcome centers, reception spaces, common rooms, rotundas, and other signifi cant public spaces present a big challenge for colleges today. The spaces are public in nature, and so they must be attractive and memorable. But because they're public in nature, they must also be very durable and easy to maintain. Most important, these public zones 60 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / OCTOBER 2012 ceiling materials with custom motifs and applied fi gurative art. These have helped make fl ooring, wall coverings, and ceiling treatments more than merely a challenge for acoustics, foot traffi c, and mainte- nance: They become artistic themes and branding opportunities, too. Consider the Walls Historically, key public spaces in uni- versities were outfi tted with wainscoting, which derived from the practice of lining the walls of stone buildings with wood paneling to insulate the room from the cold stone. Over time, architects continued to use wainscoting, even in wood construc- tion. While no longer serving insulating purposes, in the most grand rooms of a public building it also added a very durable layer to the walls, taking wear and abuse while looking good over years of use. Modern interpretations of wainscoting are paneling or a simple chair rail. Stone or marble has also been selected as a fi nish WWW.PLANNING4EDUCATION.COM PHOTOS © WOODRUFF BROWN

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