Washington University, Lopata Gallery

St. Louis, Missouri

  • FIRM

    Directions In Design, Inc.


    Washington University-School of Engineering & Applied Science

  • AREA

    7,700 sq.ft.





Washington University in St. Louis wanted to renovate a three-story atrium on its Danforth Campus. The atrium area, also known as the hub of the School of Engineering & Applied Science, connects two buildings— which were constructed at different times, and house offices, classrooms and laboratories.

The ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMM2 Architecture Studio; Randy Burkett Lighting DesignCAPACITY100COST PER SQ FT$188.00FEATURED IN2011 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation school’s goal for the renovation was to create a student-friendly "wow" environment full of energy and excitement; provide food services; and act as a gathering place for student and faculty interaction.

The design team created an area that unified the two very different building facades and aesthetically projected a progressive, appealing and sophisticated engineering identity. The feeling of motion is conveyed in angled drywall projections and sculpted wall panels. Bright colors add to the visual movement and interest of the space. Lounge furnishings are comfortable, easy to reconfigure, and accommodate a diverse range of groupings.

The interiors of the renovated space were planned for maximum enjoyment and convenience for all types of users.