Rochester School for the Deaf chose a contemporary (vs. traditional) interior design scheme to brighten, add warmth and make the dining area a new focus of the campus—for students, staff and the community.
Rochester School for the Deaf required “easy to maintain” finishes, which were accomplished by using Forbo Marmoleum (sheet linoleum) on the floor and Sherwin-Williams' Duration Home paint on the walls in the dining area, and porcelain stone tile (floors and walls) in the kitchen servery.
Special elements—such as a multicolored floor pattern, multi-level curvy ceiling, textural wavy wall above the countertops, painted scenic wall mural and faux oak tree—were incorporated into the design concept to draw people into and through the space, and to emphasize the organic, fun and timeless atmosphere, leaving a sense of historic campus pride to anyone entering the space. Bringing the “outdoors in” was important to Rochester School for the Deaf throughout the design process. This was successfully created by using organic-looking forms, textures and colors of nature. The curves in the floor pattern and the lower ceiling plane also relate to the water seen in the painted mural, which was inspired by the beautiful gorge that the campus overlooks.
© 2016 SWBR Architects, All Rights Reserved. | Locations