Door Man


Having designed student life facilities across the country, we’ve learned that special issues often arise related to doors. An article in the most recent issue of College Planning & Management magazine covers some of the isues that come up when specifying doors for a variety of projects. Doors can help establish a sense of place and provide a tactile response to those who enter. At the recently completed Mallinckrodt Center at Washington University in St. Louis, the doors of the Edison theater were animated with images of people, making them invisible by day, but opening up at night. Along with identity, acoustics, and safety issues, for many students something as simple as a door can become a blank canvas on which they can express themselves by  leaving notes or announcements, turning their door into a personal statement or identity.