Located in a former classroom on the Rocky Top Student Center’s second level, the 830-square-foot room was transformed by the design team from its rustic ski-lodge aesthetic into a modern, tech-savvy hub equipped with advanced esports equipment and technical support systems for the school’s competitive esports club.
“We designed the room as a contemporary, fun, and interactive place for team and individual esports and gaming,” says architect Katelyn Chapin, AIA, Svigals + Partners associate, and coauthor of a chapter on esports venue design for “Esports Business Management,” by David Hedlund, Gil Fried, and Rick Smith (Human Kinetics 2020).
“We wanted the room to feel intimate while also bringing in some excitement which was achieved by the ceiling plane in a fun way,” says Christopher Bockstael, AIA, partner. “The new ceiling is dynamic, modern, and is complimented by the addition of accent lighting which elevates the visual impact of the space when the lights are dimmed and during gaming sessions.”
The new ceiling is also visible from the student center’s first floor, allowing people who are downstairs from the esports room to enjoy and experience the vibrant feature. A full-scale wall graphic of an abstract bobcat also can be viewed from the first floor, engaging curious visitors.
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