RISD Teaching and Learning in Art & Design

December 21st, 2016

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.

RISD Graphic Design Gallery

December 21st, 2016

RISD’s Graphic Design Department was seeking to develop a common, multi-use space that would allow the department to host various shows, events, and gatherings. The first floor of the building that houses the Graphic Design Department provided the location they were looking for. In developing a plan for the floor, the administrative offices were moved to locations that allowed for improved coordination and better temperature control. The gallery space occupies a central location.

The administrative offices make highly efficient use of space. They are partitioned at the back of the larger gallery by a bright yellow wall skewed to be orthagonal with the exterior and making the interior a bit more generous for the occupants. A frame less storefront system give these modest offices a strong connection to the outdoors and community connection.

The GD Gallery plan was reduced to the essentials and it was constructed with honest durable materials. It is designed for work and viewing, not to draw attention to the architecture. Where design elements are required, LLB steered clear of commercial solutions and instead, prepared the space to accept uniquely RISD constructions.