RISD BEB 106

The Rhode Island School of Design held a competition open to full and part-time faculty to redesign a heavily used lecture and crit space in the Bayard Ewing Building (BEB106).  This design was the winning entry.  Further design and documentation was completed for realization of the design, and construction awaits appropriate funding and scheduling.

BEB 106 proposes a series of new interventions, each accommodating multiple functions.  Multi-use furniture portrays this intent succinctly: the height-staggered lecture seating transforms itself into formal or informal crit spaces, with lecture desks becoming conversation stools and benches becoming movable, interlocking partitions.  The room can be rearranged into a variety of types and scales of crit space, allowing for layers of interaction among users.  The entry has been reconfigured as a vestibule and as a signifier of the location of Room 106.

Credits:  Ian Roll project architect while at Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects