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?

Check out these cool sites to learn why any school should have a nice cafeteria:

School Canteens Are Important

A School’s Dining Environment: Why is it Important?

Improving School Lunch By Design



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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  1. April 27, 2017 by lucas

    I love your ideas and it’s clear that you’ve thought clearly about this space. I think you’ve clearly identified the importance of the space and developed designs that align with those ideals. I’m wondering if you considered in your design some elements that could make the cafeteria space usable during times outside of meals. That way, the new space is not as one dimensional as traditional cafeterias and the investment can serve multiple purposes.

  2. April 27, 2017 by Shelby and Bailey

    I very much appreciated your project! I really like your initiative to better your community ad maybe this will give others the same proactive attitude and caring nature for their own communities! also, love the design!!

  3. April 28, 2017 by jessica vadiee

    I really like that you have taken the initiative to plan all this! I feel it is very important to have a nice space for people to unwind and bond. I feel like so much of my social interaction at school is during lunch, so I couldn’t imagine having a cramped environment would be conducive to the healthy energy one wants during social hour. However, I am curious how you would plan on budgeting. I feel like the pictures you have are state of the art facilities, and I would imagine it’s hard for a school to come up with those funds for such a major expansion.

  4. April 28, 2017 by Jonah.Price

    I love the way you have planned out your whole project and taken great initiative in all this. Personally I believe the cafeteria in my school is one of the best places to communicate and meet new people over lunch. This project is super interesting and I especially love the way you made cardboard structures and detailed out your plan for action.

  5. April 30, 2017 by David Long

    Hi Jack,

    I like the creative solution that you provide to help solve the challenge of feeding so many students at one time. I will be interested to see if your ideas are used in the new dining facility!

  6. May 08, 2017 by Adhityan Anbumozhi

    This project is really similar to mine and I like how you have thought about each part carefully. A cafeteria should be used for multiple purposes other than just eating, and your plan has many objectives for it. I also like how you took the interest to build a model using cardboard, it really demonstrates your enthusiasim for these type of works.

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