As the spring semester begins, the Beckman Atrium is getting a fresh new look.
Deana McDonagh, a professor of industrial design and the Beckman Institute's designer in residence, and Amanda Henderson, an alumna of Illinois'
industrial design program, reimagined how visitors can experience the space — and have fun while doing so.
"This is a team effort as we aim to enrich and enhance the community experience that is the Beckman," McDonagh said.
The space is designed for interactivity and collaboration; visitors can spin on the Spun Chairs, rock on the rocking chairs, and adjust the space to fit their collaboration needs.
Scroll through the photos below for a first look, and be sure to stop by throughout the semester.
(Caution: some visitors may experience rocking, spinning, and various forms of interactivity.)
Thank you to Widmer Interiors for its work on the Beckman Atrium and assisting with the installation process.