College and Center
College and Center is a forward-thinking transformation of an underutilized building, instilling new life into a non-descript building for a growing company.
College and Center is a transformation of a 1930’s mercantile store and the new home for a growing architectural firm based in downtown Fayetteville, Arkansas. Decommissioned for nearly a decade, the outdated, stone clad building was renovated to include a gallery, studio, and tenant space. Located 1 block from Fayetteville’s downtown square, the building resides at an important intersection in a dynamic urban environment.
The renovation utilizes the existing shell, structure, and window openings, while transforming the interior into a cohesive open space. A graphic presence along College Street is established with white and gray vertical stripes accenting a composition of windows, complimenting a mural across the street by artist Alexis Diaz. The composition of windows contains a variety of window types, with all but one set into existing openings. Skylights are located to maximize passive daylighting, creating a sustainable day-lit office year-round.
The insertion of a bold three-dimensional figure creates a dynamic backdrop for the gallery and studio space, while supplying necessary amenities to the studio, such as a breakroom, conference room, model room, material library, server, and lounge. By consolidating fundamental program elements, the studio is free to grow as needed. Complete with custom built desks, each workstation is designed to maximize efficiency and communication within the studio, and while currently arranged in a single row, the studio space is optimistically designed expand to triple the occupancy.
College and Center is the repurposing of a non-descript building, a physical reflection of a progressive architectural studio’s process and principles.