Founded to educate future cosmetology professionals, this teaching facility and retail store was designed to be a paradigm in the beauty industry. The 17,000-square-foot space also was designed to emphasize personal well-being and environmental responsibility.
Building green was a priority, and meeting the programming needs were just as important. The main cutting COST PER SQ FT$205.88CITATIONGold CitationFEATURED IN2007 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYVocational/Industrial arts was designed to be a focal point with bright orange and blue panels made from recycled detergent bottles and a floor made from renewable cork. The 60 haircutting stations also are able to roll away to create a large lecture space. An open, 2,000-square-foot mezzanine visually connects the two floors by using glass and an open balcony design. This innovative design allowed for the needed square footage without having to lease additional space and increase operating costs.
To induce feelings of calm, blue flooring and recycled-glass wall tiles highlight the shampoo room. The reclining shampoo beds are positioned in a radial pattern and fiber-optic lighting pokes through the domed ceiling. Four classrooms boast dividing walls made from an environmentally friendly resin for added flexibility.
“Impressive use of color as an integral design element.”--2007 jury