Lesley University Animation Studio

Cambridge, MA

Client

Lesley University

Program

Renovation of 11,000 SF basement space in University Hall in the Porter Exchange Building, to house dedicated arts and animation studios and a 130-seat screening room.

Challenge

Lesley University wanted to expand their current Art and Design Studios in the lower level of University Hall to create a new dedicated animation studio and a 130-seat screening room. The goal was to create new cutting edge studios for all forms of animation, from stop-motion to a new Virtual Effects studio. The new spaces will give the dispersed animation students a true home.

Solution

PCA’s design creates new spaces that will give the dispersed animation students a true home, creating cutting edge studios for all forms of animation, from stop-motion to a new Virtual Effects Studio (VFX).

PCA worked with Lesley to better understand the specific needs for each studio in order to optimize each unique room. The design coordinates with the existing adjacent art studios while also being edgy enough to attract new students to the growing program. Lesley’s core color palette provides vibrancy, with the addition of glowing light boxes at key transition points marking the “front door” of the animation zone. The new screening room provides space for students and lecturers to present their work. The main corridor walls serve as gallery space for students to showcase their concepts, with loose, soft seating giving students a place to call their own.