by Daniel Olberding
During the process of design, our firm talks to our clients about how they currently interact with their environment and then envision how we can enhance the user experience in their new space. This is not all bricks and mortar, a huge part of user interaction with the building is influenced by spatial wayfinding clues that help the occupant navigate through the building. Wayfinding is the understanding of how we interact with space. Whether it’s the manipulation of light or signage and graphics- all are examples of spatial transformation that help the user to interact with their given environment with ease.
The servery queuing area is delineated by a green pool of space, maintaining a clear circulation area at major program components. The schools signage is seamlessly incorporated into the design with large applied graphics. Translucent film on the interior storefront for the library provides more privacy than the adjacent cafeteria, providing glimpses of the stacks beyond and allowing daylight to reach the corridor.
Beyond adding color, the Mondrian like tile composition purposefully aids in queuing and wayfinding. The stripes on the floor pattern on either side of the hallway allow teachers to easily line up elementary school students and keep the primary circulation zone flowing.
A covered walkway reaches out from the building to pull the occupant towards the marked entry. The lighting above the walkway illuminates the path culminating in the glowing entryway.
Contrasting the horizontal landscape, the vertical clock tower is seen from a great distance sparking the interest of the individual and bring them towards the activity of the park. With an illuminated spire the tower shines as a beacon for the community.