Johns Hopkins University, The Lab

Baltimore, Maryland

  • FIRM

    Buell Kratzer Powell

  • CLIENT

    Johns Hopkins University

  • AREA

    3,200 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $640,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    3/2017

To support John Hopkins University’s mission to provide meaningful engagement and inclusive student gathering spaces, BKP designed The LaB, a late-night campus entertainment venue. The flexible coffee bar and hangout space provides alcohol-free options for collaboration, games, movies, and music. The renovation accentuates existing features of the 50-year-old building and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$201.00CITATIONSilver CitationFEATURED IN2017 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYStudent Centers/Service Areas technology, flexible furnishings, and a warm, industrial-hip aesthetic.
Situated in a former restaurant on the ground floor of Homewood Apartments, a university-owned student residence, The LaB meets students’ needs for a crucial “third” space — one that blurs the boundaries between academics and socialization and offers food and beverage options. Open from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m., the LaB offers coffee and snacks; special food programming (e.g., Milkshake Monday) is added periodically.
The university coordinates diverse activities in the venue, from salsa dancing to Super Bowl parties, but primarily leaves event planning to students, who enjoy casual conversation, group study, or games.