March 8, 2022

Designing a “Timeless” Higher Education Facility in the 21st Century

Designing a “Timeless” Higher Education Facility in the 21st Century

Posted by CMBA Architects on Mar 8, 2022 8:17:59 AM

If you’re creating a project for your college campus, you should be aware of its importance. Thousands of students are attracted by the design itself. Sure, they will check the school’s authority and its educational programs, but the architecture and interior design will make a huge impact on their final decision. When they are checking out a school, students want to feel comfortable and focused during classes and studying.

The interior design of a college building gives an impression of the school’s culture and values. If it’s modern and sleek, it looks powerful. It makes students believe that they will receive education to prepare them for a successful future. Classic interior with wood and steel elements works for old and prestigious schools. It speaks of history and reputation.

Minimalist Designs 

This trend is working for a few reasons. First off, it is affordable. It can also look timeless and won’t be distracting to your students. But if you’re working on an interior design for a college campus facility, it can easily go wrong. Some students may expect more, and the minimalistic trend may come across as boring. It’s the sort of space that could leave students feeling uninspired. That leads to poor performance and lower grades. The environment makes a huge impact on a student’s focus!

However, this trend can work. With high-quality materials, neutral colors with smart accents in the right places, minimalism is highly effective in interior design. If done well, minimalism can be the opposite of boring – getting out of the way and inspiring students to stay focused.

Infusing Culture into Your Design

Modern college design is all about encompassing the feel of your college or university. Some ideas include the introduction of relevant artwork into your classrooms, libraries and hallways. The school already has its brand colors, so you can use them on walls and in details.

Here’s another good idea: Introduce elements from the environment into the design. You can install sculptures and murals, as well as other elements to make the interior an integral part of the environment that surrounds it!

Make the Classrooms Flexible

Structured lecture halls are a thing of the past. Modern college design is more flexible. Students can move around their desks to form zones and groups. Hallways can be used for workshops, conferences, lectures and teamwork.

You’ll achieve this type of design by positioning fewer elements in larger spaces. This brings us to our next point:

Open Your Spaces

Many students value one thing above all else: socializing. Small lecture halls are a trend now, since the concept of education is getting more personalized. When groups are smaller, the professor has more time to dedicate to each individual student.

However, when designing lounges and libraries, consider open spaces. They offer an opportunity for students to meet peers organically as they move around. This helps them socialize, make friends and feel more accepted in the community.

If a wall isn’t necessary, get rid of it. If there’s a lot of space near the windows, turn it into a lounge. The goal is to create as many gathering areas as you can. It really does make a difference.

Make it Timeless!

When working on an interior design project for a college campus, you must consider future students. Will the next generations also feel comfortable and inspired to study in the same space? A forward-thinking process is critical to success in higher education design! Interested in learning more about our approach to higher education architecture and design? Click here to learn more!

Topics: Higher-Ed-General