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Curry Student CenterNortheastern University | Boston, Massachsetts

Originally built as a cast-in-place concrete waffle slab Brutalist structure in 1964, Northeastern University’s Curry Student Center functions as the heart of student activity on a busy urban campus. The CSC contains a multitude of functions, highlighted by a large 4-story atrium space called “the indoor quad” which spatially connects many of these functions. Over the course of its lifespan, scattered updates left the atrium cluttered and lacking a cohesive identity.

Therefore, in 2014 - the Curry Center’s 50th birthday – designLAB architects was retained to undertake a comprehensive “refresh,” including finishes, furniture, materials, graphics, glass railings, and a dynamic millwork seating and ramp installation in the indoor quad. In addition, the design team integrated an interactive touchscreen kiosk into the millwork installation which connects the users of the student center to every student group and activity on campus.