RISD Teaching and Learning in Art & Design
The TLAD program requirements included a space for masters candidates to work both independently and collaboratively with easy access to advising faculty, space for visiting lecturers, and seminar classes.LLB architects were challenged by the dark, low ceilings, and warren-like existing office space. The successful renovation is rooted in a highly efficient, flexible layout made vibrant by maximizing perceptions of space and borrowed light. The entry/waiting area subtly brands the space and has inviting site lines to offices, conference room, and a collaborative learning space beyond. Right sized faculty and administration offices with glass storefront entries provide their occupants a sense of connection and privacy. Strategically located gallery wall panels energize passage through the space and partition the multi-function conference room. Oversized doors allow the conference room to be closed for private meetings and seminar classes or to be opened as an extension of the collaborative learning space. The collaborative learning space is clear and open with modular lounge furniture, tables and chairs allowing for a broad range of configurations. The space is used for quiet study, small and large group projects, lectures and gatherings. Furniture was replaced by the client with large custom made tables and stools on casters. These changes transformed the ground level adapted commercial storefront space to a purpose built studio environment suitable, flexible, and comfortable for its many uses.