Chatham University’s Anderson Hall renovation enhances the student experience by strengthening connections to the natural environment. The extensive renovation of the existing dining hall uses biophilic design principles to create a warm and welcoming social hub for the Chatham campus community. Large windows bring in natural light and create views to the arboretum campus.
Curvilinear forms echo nature with warm and inviting wood elements. “Circadian rhythm” influenced lighting celebrates the natural 24-hour cycle of a day.
The Ohringer, Braddock’s iconic eight-story furniture store from 1941, has re-emerged as an Arts Incubator and affordable Artist Housing. The project follows several attempts to re-inhabit the long-vacant building with arts-based interventions. Now, the building is completely transformed to create places for professional artists to live, work, and exchange. The reactivation of this icon connects two areas of main street redevelopment, builds upon the maker culture of Braddock, and continuously illuminates the heart of community through arts.
Strong environmental awareness and biophilic design response enhance the idea of living as part of nature. The design works to minimize the impact on the ecological conditions demonstrating respect for its surroundings.
For our inaugural Day of Service, we selected Hello Neighbor, a nonprofit organization based in Pittsburgh committed to supporting recently resettled refugee families. During the Day of Service, Rothschild Doyno Collaborative conducted a Design Sketchbook workshop to create Design Guidelines for a future Hello Neighbor clubhouse as they consider potential locations and begin to fundraise around the concept.
The first phase of the redevelopment of Allegheny Dwellings makes connections—to the wider community via improved pedestrian connections and use of the surrounding neighborhoods’ vibrant patchwork of color, to its unique quarry history and distinctive site, and within its generous shared spaces.
The Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh creates a Sanctuary environment to help women and children to recover from the trauma of intimate partner violence. Women and children seek shelter and supportive services within the facility in order to begin a new life. The Sanctuary Environment emphasizes clear circulation with continuous connection to natural light, symbolic use of colors and natural materials, and programs that provide a range of private to social spaces with clear transitions between each to allow for the safe restoration of trust amongst the women and children.