A Better Cafeteria

Not enough space…

My school’s cafeteria doesn’t have enough space for seating the school. It is a very dim lit room, without a lot of windows. My solution is to create a large building, an upstairs and downstairs, that has a very large dining space, and large windows that overlook the school’s field. Unlike the old cafeteria, the new one is central to campus, and can be easily accessed by all of the school’s buildings.


What Makes a Cafeteria so Important?

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After being founded in 1915, Louisville Collegiate School soon expanded big enough to build their cafeteria that has been in use up until 2016. This cafeteria, which has been around for close to a hundred years, was first built to seat as few as just a hundred people. The number of students the cafeteria must now serve has increased to over seven hundred. 2427 Glenmary Avenue has served memories for many people over many years, but now has come a time for a new cafeteria.



Right now, there is an admissions building, advancement office, middle school building, and high school building that surrounds the area where the cafeteria will be built. There is a gravel parking lot that can be easily cleared out for a lot to build on. It is a vacant lot that will already be leveled for the structure.

Highlighted in blue is where the building will be.


Inspirational Design Pictures

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What does the new building need?

Feedback from Louisville Collegiate School’s Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs:

  • Necessities: What are the must haves, what is essential to the project?
    • Lot’s of Seating
    • Storage for food
    • Cleanliness
  • Lacks: What features are missing from the old cafeteria?
    • The design for efficient flow
  • Wants: What does the client feel they want, either physically or in concept, what do they hope to gain by the design or design alteration.
    • Pedestrian design must have flow
    • Little traffic in getting food
    • More than one servery
    • More space for food options
  • Who: who will utilize this building?
    • Students
    • Faculty
  • What: What materials and location do you want?
    • Central to campus
    • Connects to all divisions of school
    • Flooring: Terrazzo
    • Walls: Cherry Wood paneling
    • Exterior: Brick
  • Where: Any themes that inspire this design?
    • The outdoors- a lot of natural light
  • Why: What is the purpose for building this building?
    • The old cafeteria didn’t have enough space compared to the school’s enrollment


Design Space

From the above feedback, I was able to create a bubble diagram that quickly sketched the makeup of the building’s interior. A bubble diagram gives you a feel for the room’s makeup and sizes for the building.


Spaces and who will use them:

  • Upstairs and downstairs seating space (4400 sq ft)
    • Faculty/Staff
    • Students
    • Guests
  • Kitchen (1000 sq ft)
    • Kitchen Staff
  • Stairwell (100 sq ft)
    • Faculty/Staff
    • Students
    • Guests
  • 2 Bathrooms (400 sq ft)
    • Faculty/Staff
    • Students
    • Guests
  • Storage Space (100 sq ft)
    • Staff/Maintenance

Total: About 6000 sq ft


Floor Plans

Floor plans for first and second floor.

Cardboard Study Model

The below pictures are of a study model done to get the feel for what the structure will look like. The following were made imperfectly with cardboard and glue.



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