This project involved nothing short of a transformation. Developed in the midst of a row of generic computer labs in the existing University of Wisconsin-River Falls library, the Banks Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry has become one of the most sought out academic spaces on campus.
As a place to kindle creativity and academic interchange, the model classroom was designed for use by multiple disciplines in a variety of configurations to support lectures, collaborative learning, and small group interaction. A moveable wall and full technology infrastructure add to the flexibility of this space. A director’s office and seminar room are also part of this 2,800-square-foot project.
The Center is marked by a gathering point along a common corridor with a halo of light above an inlay abstraction of the Vitruvian Man, Leonardo da Vinci’s drawing of man’s proportion within the context of Renaissance art and science.