The campus built environment of today is very often the result of a long legacy of architectural philosophies and styles from previous generations. Retaining that which is of greatest enduring value, while preparing for a vibrant future, is the keynote of Schmidt Associates’ approach to adaptive reuse.
Young Minds Draw Inspiration From The Old As Well As The New
Our extensive and successful work in the Higher Education sector teaches us that the new has a strong allure. Modern, purpose-built, and impressive facilities are at the very heart of appeal to prospective students. They are a physical representation of an institution’s standing, at the heart of campus kudos and spirit. But it is not always either possible or desirable to start from a green field site. Breaking new ground may involve an unacceptable break with tradition or, more practically, it may threaten to break the budget.
Sometimes, it is both necessary and the best option to create new spaces from older places. This adaptive reuse is a proven Schmidt core skill. We combine empathy toward what is already there with determination that a building’s next incarnation should be vibrant, appealing and totally fit for purpose. Reuse does not mean recycling, as far as fresh thinking and innovation are concerned. A cutting-edge space can comfortably co-exist with the design accents of previous eras and within an established place.
Thinking Outside The Box Means Never Thinking In Terms Of “Boxes”
At Schmidt Associates, we never indulge in “boxed” thinking, assuming an existing form must go on dictating function. As a result, we have conceived and delivered numerous projects where existing structures have been given new lives, and often in the most surprising ways.
It is not simple to isolate and identify the factors that lend a building its unique spirit today. And it can be even more challenging to conceive how that building, or parts of it, might work as a radically different space tomorrow. It demands creative vision combined with well-proven, practical delivery experience – which is precisely what our Higher Education team offers.
To discover how their skills can bring new life to your campus, get in touch.