Lourdes University has grown substantially in its transition to a residential campus, making it necessary to enhance its dining facilities.
Primary goals suggest the design should:
•Accommodate the university’s current and future needs.
•Respect the existing COST PER SQ FT$263.64FEATURED IN2012 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCafeterias/Food-Service Areas Mission- style architecture.
•Create a singular space to support a community dining experience.
•Maintain the campus tradition of integrating art into architecture.
The concept centers on a space that is well-connected to campus circulation and takes advantage of vistas into the campus green. A large arched window, which is a theme throughout campus and frames the view to the green, also influenced the interior of the dining environment.
A coffee bar and a la carte venue create a transition from the primary circulation to the dining area, which exists in what once was an outdoor porch defined by a brick arcade. A key design element for both color and art was the repurposing of salvaged stained-glass windows.
The result is a vibrant, yet comfortable student and community space that reflects the legacy of the institution.