Knox College sought to not simply create a facility that provides ample high-performance academic space for the studio and art history departments, but to design one that would also inspire an exchange of knowledge and ideas, that would enliven a sense of curiosity, discovery, and possibility. The design responds with open studios so that students and faculty circulate freely between studios, encountering other students’ work naturally throughout a day. Gallery and pin-up spaces coexist with the circulation halls and stairs. Double-height gathering spaces serve as impromptu meeting and connector spaces that provide visual connectivity between studios and between floor levels. The interior is simply finished to provide a blank canvas for creative expressions. Biophilic design principles are used throughout the building, including prioritization of daylight, views to nature, and use of natural, warm, and tactile materials.
Lake|Flato Architects; Klingner & Associates; P.J. Hoerr; Lynch Harrison & Brumleve; Affiliated Engineers Inc.; Hoerr Schaudt; BLDD