Someone Studio was commissioned by ATA Creativity Global to design its campus in Suzhou. The site is in a high-rise office building in the CBD of Suzhou Industrial Park. Three office space are combined into an L-shaped site. The school hopes to create a comfortable and unique study environment, suitable for artistic creation within a one-month renovation period and a very limited budget. The 500-square-meter space needs to meet various functions such as studios for four art majors, small seminar classrooms, art exhibition area, self-study zone, and photography stage.
Provided with a regular and linear shape site, the overall functional layout and circulation is very clear and simple, with exhibition halls at the front and classrooms at the back. How to create an interesting and unique space in the ordinary venue, which is different from the normal study space, became the focus of this design.
▲教学空间概览 ©林圭佳栋 Overview of teaching space © Guijiadong Lin
In terms of layout, due to the small size and dense arrangement of small classrooms, the usual usage rate is not high, so we arranged them on the side of the wall to avoid blocking the light and scenery of the floor-to-ceiling windows. The four major studios of clothing design, space design, graphic design and animation design have a low chance of giving lectures at the same time, and the requirements for sound insulation are relatively low, more similar to the work area where students and teachers gather in the major. Therefore, we made the large classroom into a semi-open form and arranged it on the side close to the floor-to-ceiling windows, so that the overall visual experience of the space is more open, and natural light can also shine into the small classroom on the inside.
▲平面设计教室 ©林圭佳栋 Graphic Design Classroom © Guijiadong Lin
▲小型研讨教室 ©林圭佳栋 Small seminar classroom © Guijiadong Lin
▲多功能休息区 ©林圭佳栋 Multifunctional rest area © Guijiadong Lin
After laid out the function in plan, we started with the hard-covered shape in order to add interest and diversity. We proposed the design concept of “art warehouse”. The art education center is not only the current training classroom, but also the future artists and designers. A preparatory base to store future artistic talents and works of art. Therefore, we take “art warehouse” as the theme. The new wall in the space is no longer a partition wall with a thickness of only 100, but a “small warehouse” integrating storage, display, seating, partition, window and other functions. Through the concave and convex shapes of the doors and windows on the wall and the partition of the display cabinet, multiple square box-shaped storage spaces are created, which can be soundproofed internally, creating a quiet private study room while the outer ring provide a semi-enclosed creativity zone, as well as display racks.
▲“艺术仓库” ©林圭佳栋 “Art Warehouse” © Guijiadong Lin
Meanwhile, because the partition wall of the small classroom also functions as a seat, the original aisle is no longer a simple traffic space. After the tables and chairs are placed, the aisle also has the function of learning and discussion. Due to the introduction of the concept of “art warehouse”, the structure of the entire space has changed from a three-stage single arrangement of classroom-aisle-classroom to a multi-level composite structure of classroom-sharing seminar\aisle-classroom, forming a transition from private to the openness. The entire art classroom is richer both in terms of functional use and visual level.
▲共享学习空间 ©林圭佳栋 Shared learning space © Guijiadong Lin
In addition to the small classroom, other partitions in the space also follow the principle of “integration of storage and display”. The partition wall of the large classroom can be nailed and hung on the outside, and the raw materials for students to make models can be stored inside, so as to maximize the functional arrangement within the smallest space.
In order to make the overall atmosphere of the space more characteristic, in the selection of materials and colors, we boldly chose the OSB, which is normally been used as base material in regular projects, as the main material to be exposed. It is hoped that this raw and natural material can create a relaxed and lively atmosphere, while adding a small amount of orange and blue varnished boards to liven up the atmosphere. The overall space is not paved with redundant decorative materials, and the ceiling is kept as it is. By doing as much subtraction as possible in decoration, the functional and display-integrated OSB board partition becomes the center of vision and the feature of the whole design.
▲橘色学习空间 ©林圭佳栋 Orange study space © Guijiadong Lin
▲蓝色休息空间 ©林圭佳栋 Blue rest space © Guijiadong Lin
The selection of space color is also related to functions. The teaching area is decorated with orange, which can make people psychologically invigorating, energetic and creative. The tea rest area is dominated by blue, which makes people relax and quiet. Together, orange and blue, movement and stillness, are interspersed with each other to form a complete teaching space, which is convenient for students and teachers to combine work and rest.
▲蓝色橙色相互融合 ©林圭佳栋 Blue and orange blend with each other © Guijiadong Lin
There are floor-to-ceiling windows on both sides of the corner of the L-shaped site, which is the best place for lighting and viewing, but there is a large pillar inserted in it, which is not possible to arrange as a classroom. So we allocated this place as a multifunctional lounge area. The pillars are combined with the water bar to save space while weakening the pillars. A step-type seat is designed against the wall, which can sit side by side for small seminars and meetings, and can also be used with a round table to disperse people, group discussions, or sit alone at a table to drink drinks and relax.
▲多功能休息区台阶式座位 ©林圭佳栋 Step seating in the multi-functional rest area. Image © Guijiadong Lin
▲水吧台及展架与柱子结合 ©林圭佳栋 Water bar and display rack combined with pillars © Guijiadong Lin
▲细节材料展示 欧松板 ©林圭佳栋 Detail material display OSB board © Guijiadong Lin
▲平面布置图 ©有点建筑设计 Floor plan © Someone Studio
project name: Multidisciplinary art classroom
Designer: Someone Studio (Suzhou Youdian Architectural Design Co., Ltd.)
Project Design & Completion Year: 2021.10-2021.11
Main creative design: Yitong Wang, Guijiadong Lin
Project Address: South Building, Suyue Plaza, Suzhou Industrial Park, Jiangsu Province
Building area: 500㎡
Photography copyright: Guijiadong Lin
Client: ATA Creativity Global
Construction cost: 350,000 rmb