Reclaiming space is an important event on college and university campuses. CWRU’s engineering department was looking for space in which to construct a collaborative learning environment to support a computer fabrication
lab. The room required a variety of meeting and organizing places, storage, intense computer and media infrastructure as well as flexibility to support changing projects and programs.
Faced with the leftover warehouse space, studioTECHNE worked with the engineering school to develop a multi-dimensional classroom space that allowed for a shift in organizational structure and teaching pedagogy. The design responded to the complexity of both social movement patterns, as project teams are developed and change based on the research project at hand; as well as the functional movement of material to support these teams.
Additionally, the organization of the space ultimately consisted of simple autonomous components that can be combined into various sizes and arrangements allowing individuals freedom to interact with one another to collectively solve problems. Diagrammatically, then this fluid organizational function must be accommodated by the existing interior envelope we were given. The objects (worktables, screens, and storage units) can assemble in a variety of ways, and have differing gravity or importance impact the organizational system of the room.