In a cohesive exercise of adaptive reuse design, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia outfitted its new 117,000 square foot Student Center with an eclectic mix of furniture, forming a space that is contemporary and responds to how students engaged with the space prior.
The Emory University Student Center, completed in 2019, was a combination of renovation and new building construction. Part of an existing building was repurposed as additional square footage for the new facility. With more open space, Emory University looked to increase collaboration and daily interaction between students, faculty and staff; fortify school spirit to help recruit top students; and promote flexibility and reconfigurability. Overall, Emory University sought an open, light-filled space that let students move through their days—studying and meeting with friends, faculty and staff—uninterruptedly.
Past to Present
For a space that synthesizes the past with contemporary architecture, Corporate Environments and Duda Paine both agreed that the interior solution had to reflect this relation. The end result ranges from Rockwell Unscripted counter height Tall Tables paired with Bertoia Molded Shell Stool in blue and yellow to a trio of muted gray Womb Chairs with a Saarinen Side Table to Antenna Simple Tables paired with Generation by Knoll.
The Emory University Student Center demonstrates how a heavily mixed planning solution creates an immersive experience that enables students, faculty and staff to do more together, all in a calming and comfortable environment that fosters a sense of community.