George Mason University, Ike`s Diner

Fairfax, Virginia

  • FIRM



    George Mason University

  • AREA

    8,000 sq.ft.





As part of a renovation and addition to its Eisenhower Community Center, George Mason University challenged designers to create a hub for student activity on an intimate scale that would suit the lifestyles of about 600 west campus hall residents. A diner concept—Ike’s Diner—was conceived to accommodate the nuances of college life in both its design and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$188.00FEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCafeterias/Food-Service Areas hours.

The 3,000-square-foot space features a traditional 1950s-style diner interior and an exterior with large glass areas that complement surrounding buildings. Streamlined shapes, chrome furnishings and countertops, and bright colors evoke a vibrant energy. Red booths, a black-and-white tile floor and a jukebox in the corner set Ike’s Diner apart from other campus dining facilities.

Ike’s Diner, which operates from

9 p.m. to 4 a.m. and features breakfast and lunch meal-plan combos, has successfully enhanced the residential-life experience while effectively integrating with the fabric of the surrounding campus architecture.

Combined with new and existing housing facilities, the diner creates a new hub of activity and enhances the residential-life experience.