SVA Design for Social Innovation is a two year graduate program that provides students with the design tools and skills needed to become creative leaders in Social Innovation. The teaching approach for this program is based on full collaboration; therefore the 5,000 sf floor had to be flexible and open to meet the faculty’s and students' needs. The challenge was also to create a space that had no waste and no necessary luxury, in which every inch was utilized.
At the heart of the design is a circular 55 seat auditorium equipped with audio visual capabilities for presentations, lectures and symposiums. The curved geometry enhances the immediacy and intimacy of the space. The interior of the curved wall is clad in perforated gypsum board panels and the outer walls of the auditorium are finished with magnetic paint that accommodates interchangeable graphics and also functions as white boards, chalkboards and bulletin boards. The “playroom”, an open plan multifunction space, partially rings the auditorium and is equipped with moveable desks that foster collaboration and interactive learning.
The design also includes a quiet room for study, a computer lab, sound booth for podcasts and an eat-in pantry that doubles as an open teaching space. Light penetrates the space though generous interior glazing elements and a splashes of vivid color are added through the use of primary, brightly colored tile.