Studio d’ARC architects
This former nineteenth-century industrial building located on the Dickinson College campus was renovated to provide space for a shared vision of both an administrative and arts faculty. Conceived as 32 live/work studios for 120 students, the building combines student housing with art studio spaces, galleries, and a community cafe, designed to provide a place for interaction between two distinct campus groups.
Once numerous additions and modifications were peeled away from the building, the historic core revealed an excellent starting point for adaptive reuse. The new design reveals and celebrates the dialogue between new features and the beauty of the existing structure, including its narrow width, large windows, and industrial skylights. The heavy timber and masonry of the original building remains exposed, and is a simple and cost-effective architectural response. This clear articulation of both old and new construction methods demonstrates to residents how buildings are made and how they can be improved.
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