Purdue University sought to enhance student usage of the common areas within Cary Quadrangle West.
The architect renovated the interior common spaces and specified finishes throughout. Instrumental to the design’s success was the project team’s ability to recreate the original interior architectural details that had been removed. The space prior to renovation was ASSOCIATED FIRMScholer CorporationCOST PER SQ FT$158.07FEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYResidence Halls/Lounges open and loud. To create the illusion of openness while reducing ambient noise, a translucent glass wall was erected to separate the lounge area from laundry and kitchen facilities. Tile was laid in the laundry and kitchen facility for ease of cleaning, and also extended into the lounge area to identify the main walkway.
Carpeting and new furnishings were installed to warm the lounge side, making it more functional for students.
Ceiling elevation changes also provide a dramatic effect in distinguishing the lounge from the laundry and kitchen facilities.