Project: MICA Campus Bookstore
Client: Maryland Institute College of Art
The updated 4,500 sq ft MICA campus bookstore was relocated from a different area on the school's campus to be in a more prominent and central location while incorporating a modern design aesthetic to work with existing surroundings. Remodeling includes a sales floor with a rotating art market featuring pieces created by MICA students, faculty, and alumni, as well as local artists unaffiliated with the school. New finishes evoke an industrial feel with a concrete floor product, exposed wood trim, and a cedar soffit on the exterior while larger storefront openings transform the space to increase natural light. Since the bookstore was an existing building, design challenges included modifying large existing trusses and utilizing light and dark paint to direct visual focus to products on the sales floor.