The Gallery Café: An Exploration and Expression of Shape, Form, and Space
Through research and exploration of the current needs of the growing Iowa State University student and faculty population, a design concept was developed that would create a unique and innovative space at Iowa State University. Inspired by Helen Frankenthaler’s 1968 painting, “Chalk Zone,” the former Christian Peterson Art Museum in Morrill Hall on the campus of Iowa State University was transformed into a café of enchanting and romantic character. The concept began with the development and construction of a sculpture encompassing the emotional character of Helen Frankenthaler’s painting. The sculpture then served as the primary inspiration for the café design. The Gallery Café is a space of accessibility and comfort for the students, staff, and faculty of the University. The open and rhythmic design provides for the multiple functions of the café including an eatery, lounge, and study space.