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University of Wisconsin - Platteville, Bridgeway CommonsInterior Design

Despite a modest budget, UW-Platteville had bold ambitions for the design of its new residence hall, Bridgeway Commons. The 149,000 sq. ft., six-story residence hall was built into an existing hillside, and the addition of lounges and study spaces break up the long corridors and increase natural lighting.

The lowest level features a food court, which overlooks the nearby woods. The building’s exterior includes aluminum panel, buff and terra cotta-colored brick and blue-accented signage and landscape furniture. The exterior palette complements the existing neighboring building’s exterior.

The university challenged PRA to create a student-focused, boldly-colored interior design solution. A saturated, multi-colored palette was used, with each floor having its own color identity. Bold colors accompany wood ceilings and metal ceiling tile clouds, and carpet patterns reflect the ceiling detail, creating an area rug effect.

Furniture choices continue the modern yet youthful approach through bold color choices and styles. The cafeteria features each of the colors used throughout the building, reinforcing its purpose as a shared and collaborative space. Wall murals and student art work are integrated into the café and other public areas.

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