Irvine, California, USA
Scope: Adaptive Reuse, Interiors
Area: 53,000 SF
Photo: Benny Chan, Fotoworks
In relocating their Orange County campus, FIDM sought an exuberant architecture that would support and enhance the learning experience. In addition to accommodating 200 students and 50 staff, the school possesses a large collection of valuable books, garments and fabrics.
The campus is a student-centered educational institution built on a ‘village’ plan that connects all aspects together, making individual parts of the school’s operations visible to users. Utilizing the idea of a loop punctuated by functional ‘events’, the different aspects of the school are tied together. Bright colors infused into the floor finish, seating, and millwork reflect the exuberance of the fashion world, while classrooms are neutral white and grey. The college was a hit with students, staff and visitors. Student enrollment has increased by 400% since the project’s completion.