EDUCATION, HOSPITALITY
EDUCATION, HOSPITALITY
EDUCATION, HOSPITALITY
EDUCATION, HOSPITALITY

Lorain County Community College
Ben & Jane Norton Culinary Arts Center

Lorain County Community College Ben & Jane Norton Culinary Arts Center

Lorain County Community College Ben & Jane Norton Culinary Arts Center

Lorain County Community College Ben & Jane Norton Culinary Arts Center

An experience of culinary arts instruction akin to a public theatrical production. 
—Always By Design

An experience of culinary arts instruction akin to a public theatrical production. 
—Always By Design

An experience of culinary arts instruction akin to a public theatrical production. 
—Always By Design

An experience of culinary arts instruction akin to a public theatrical production. 
—Always By Design

02_Gathering

Sited between existing campus buildings with complex access and service issues, the building combines two unrelated programs: the college’s relocated TV studio and the new culinary school. By employing twelve access points from the adjacent buildings and eight level shifts on the ground floor as a mechanism for carving and shaping the final form and program areas, we created an experience of culinary arts instruction akin to a public theatrical production.

Sited between existing campus buildings with complex access and service issues, the building combines two unrelated programs: the college’s relocated TV studio and the new culinary school. By employing twelve access points from the adjacent buildings and eight level shifts on the ground floor as a mechanism for carving and shaping the final form and program areas, we created an experience of culinary arts instruction akin to a public theatrical production.

03_Stairs

The west façade, acting as the formal building entry, is a proscenium-like frame of metal and wood around a wall of glass that allows views into and out of the kitchens on the lower and upper levels. The entry plaza is an outdoor living room with shaded multi-level seating encouraging viewers to watch the interior activity.  A rotated vestibule with a grand stair cuts across the front of the building acts as the main pathway between the three buildings and allows viewers a close look into the teaching kitchens.

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Like the exterior, the demonstration kitchen and lecture room exhibit a series of overhead wood frames that spill out light, reminiscent of a stage. The kitchen and lecture room relationship is orchestrated as a culinary theater between the demonstrator and student. The space is an interactive distance-learning center that encourages audience participation. The three additional teaching kitchens feature state of the art video cameras and viewing screens including a two-way floating glass screen that can be simultaneously viewed inside and outside the kitchens.  The TV studio takes on a similar process where the studio itself is on display to the passerby, but so is the control room and the video technology room where all the participants in the process are “on the air” to the public.

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CERTIFICATIONS & AWARDS

IIDA Cleveland/Akron
Best Education Design

AIA Cleveland
Honorable Mention

CLIENT

Lorain County Community College

LOCATION

Elyria, OH

SIZE

38,200 SF

FIRM ROLE

Architecture
Interior Design

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