The yoU University of Minnesota Study Spaces Karen Garrido, Kelsey Jacobucci, Jordan Bell, Kristen Young, and Erin Benoit
Problem Statement (Goal) • To create functional, flexible study spaces that are easily identifiable and welcoming to students.
Users of Study Spaces • University of Minnesota students and visitors of all different ages, genders, nationalities, and cultures with both physical and social needs. • The users will be of all different physical capabilities so the space will need to be multifunctional and be able to allow everyone to use it. • The users will be influenced by the University of Minnesota spirit in this space.
Design Concept • The study spaces will be designed to create a sense of identity, comfort and retreat for both group and individual study and relaxation. This will be accomplished by focusing on functionality, creating a connection to the University then and now and creating an identity for the study spaces. Each space will be an inviting, comfortable, open environment through the use of repetition, texture, color, and light. A sense of harmony will be created throughout the spaces through repetition of the above elements in all of the study rooms. Horizontal lines will be repeated throughout the space to give a sense of stability. The textures used will include brick, glass, wood and metal. Natural light will be maximized through the use of glass walls when suitable. Artificial light will be created through the use of ambient, accent, task and decorative lighting.
What makes our concept work • Function • Connection • Identity
Function • Function will be achieved through different areas within a study space. There are study (individual and group) and lounge areas. The Classroom Office Building will have a vending area. • Easy to navigate through spaces, with paths for traffic • Appropriate, durable materials will contribute to the function • Adequate lighting, direct and indirect • Other things will contribute to function, such as chairs on wheels with little flip up tables attached and plexi glass walls to block noise from surrounding areas while still keeping the space open
Connection • Through the University then and now and a student’s connection to this • Inspiration comes from the arch in the Tree House and many other aches throughout campus such as the Memorial arch at McNamara and the arched over the entrances for the TCF Bank Stadium. They represent the history of the University, and repeating them in study spaces will remind students of this history. A nice contrast, and variety will be provided by contemporary glass and metal which will bring in the feel of the present and future. • Use of student artwork will add to the sense of connection. • Our symbol/signage for “The U” (see last slide) repeats the connection of the contemporary individual with the University’s history.
Identity • Identity of being on the University campus, identity of the individual building and its unique characteristics and the identity of the study spaces and their similarities. • All study spaces will have a similar feel, through various repeated elements, such as the arches and materials used. • Spaces may have some of their own elements based on the existing architecture of the space and use of the building they are located with in. • Each study space will have the same signage (see last slide).
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Material Selection • Material selections should be durable to resist any damage from high traffic, weather elements (such as snow being tracked in from the outside), and art supplies (such as markers, paints, exactoknives, etc)., and because of exposure to natural light, selections should resist fading. • Patio materials (tables and chairs) need to be able to hold up to the elements (wind, rain, snow, etc.). • Materials were chosen with sustainability in mind. Three out of four fabrics were made with recycled polyester. • In the Classroom Office Building title flooring that mimics the look of wood is used. It has the warm look of wood, but is more durable, environmentally friendly, and easily cleaned. • Lights are on a photo sensor/motion sensor, which will save on energy