Hanson Cheng; Nicholai Go; Sarah Hadianti; Tai Shaw; Brandon Wang; Andrew Yon
Environmental Design II
Dr. Tarek Rakha
Architecture and education are inherently linked. More specifically, the design of a classroom or other programmed space can impact students’ academic progress. A 2012 joint study between University of Salford SBE and architecture firm Nightingale Associates found that classroom design attributed to a 25% impact on academic progress. There were 10 variables ranked in the study, 5 of which—color choice, complexity, flexibility, connection, and light—had the most profound effect on creating a better learning atmosphere. This project focuses on 2 variables: quality of light and flexibility of programmed space.
Fletcher Building is a multi-disciplinary studio at RISD including Sculpture, Painting, Glass, and Printmaking, and orients southeast. Students have indicated many occupancy comfort flaws such as high glare, overheating, and lack of natural light that negatively affects the building’s overall performance. Our team tackled these issues through two means: a facade louver system—allowing occupant control of glare while allowing natural light to enter—and a skylight system—allowing deeper spatial penetration of light.
Using DIVA for Rhino as the main metric for designing and measuring the described variables, our proposal went through many iterations of lighting type and design, occupant control, lamp selections, and planning the programs. We chose the 6th floor of Fletcher Building, using its two south-facing facades and ceiling as potential interventions.