University of Michigan, Modern Languages Building

  • Cliente University of Michigan
  • Arquitecto Green Furniture Concept
  • Año 2021
  • Localización Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
We even have students from outside the Modern Languages program coming out of there way, just to be in this space!
Rob Ramsburgh, Facility Manager - Facilities and Operations - Office of the Dean, University of Michigan

The Modern Languages Building at the University of Michigan was built in the late 60s. Brick walls and cement columns were the foundation of style for this cold utilitarian space that spans 5 floors and houses classrooms, lecture halls and offices. On any given day, there are 1500-2000 students and faculty using this space.

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trees planted thanks to this project

For the longest time, however, this building didn’t have much furniture in it. This meant a lack of community space and a lack of areas for students to charge their devices between classes. All the students were sitting on the floor or leaning against the walls. In essence, they were only there because they needed to be.

The school felt an urgent need to foster a stronger sense of community for this faculty, so they went on a mission to improve the building’s interior. The challenge was to make an impactful change without embarking on a costly renovation project, so the Facilities Team decided to start with the addition of inviting furniture.

One of the major considerations for the architects was to find a line of furniture that was customizable. This was so important because the building has a lot of tight corners that are hard to fill with traditional furniture. With the Nova C Series, the U of M team was able to specify benches with custom curves to fit into the tight corners. This turned otherwise dead space into cosy nooks that are very popular with the students.

The Facilities Team was also very drawn to the company’s Green story and the furniture’s unique and timeless look, not to mention the rugged durability and low maintenance requirements of the Nova C Series.

With the help of Green’s in-house design team, the school was able to furnish 3 full floors in this building. This simple, yet effective effort was a huge success. Now the building has become very popular, with approximately 60 students hanging out at any given time. Students are saying it’s hard to find such great community spaces in other parts of campus. They even come from outside the Modern Languages Faculty just to hang out in this building, because they feel like they can always find a spot to just work quietly or rest for a while.

U of M (Before)

Before Green's Placemaking

Previously, students had no seating outside classrooms or teacher's offices and they were forced to sit on the floor or lean against the walls

university of michigan Rendering

In-House Design Consultation

Working with the University's Architect, our in-house design consultants focused on adding seating to several spaces on the 1st and 2nd floors, where students usually spend time - especially hallways and common areas.

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From "dead" corners to "coveted" nooks

This is a building with lots of sharp angles. Previously, these corners were a waste of space, but with the Nova C Series, they have turned into popular nooks for the student community.

Products in this project

Módulos

Nova C Back 100

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Nova C Back 150

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Nova C Back Convex 30°

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Nova C Back Convex 45°

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Nova C Back Convex 90°

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Nova C Back Concave 30°

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Nova C Back Concave 45°

Número de artículo NBA4_45
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Nova C Back Concave 90°

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Nova C Back S-Curve L

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Nova C Back S-Curve R

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Nova C Back Endpiece L

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Nova C Back Endpiece R

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Nova C Back Endpiece Corner

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Nova C Wireless Table

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Nova C Back Armrest

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Nova C F&B Armrest

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Nova C Table

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Nova C F&B Armrest w/Charger

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Nova C Logo on Rib

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Nova C Leg Charger

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Nova C Rib Charger

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Nova C Divider

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Nova C Divider Concave

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Nova C Divider Convex

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Nova C Back Straight

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Nova C Back Donut

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Nova C Back Circle

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Nova C Back Bracket Convex

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Nova C Back Bracket Concave

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Nova C Back Omega

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Nova C Back Wiggly

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Nova C Back Tilde

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Nova C Back Ondular

Número de artículo NBAC9
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Nova C Back Infinity

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Nova C Back Stadium

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Nova C Bowtie

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Nova C Crossroad 3 Small

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Nova C Crossroad 4 Small

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Nova C Crossroad 3 Large

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Nova C Fidget Small

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Nova C Fidget

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Nova C Eye

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Nova C Droplet

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Nova C T-Connection

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Módulos

Nova C Bench 100

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Nova C Bench 150

Número de artículo NBE5
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Nova C Bench 30°

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Nova C Bench 45°

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Nova C Bench 90°

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Accesorios

Nova C Wireless Table

Número de artículo NBX_TW
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Nova C Bench Armrest

Número de artículo NBE_A
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Nova C Table

Número de artículo NBX-XX
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Nova C Logo on Rib

Número de artículo NBA_RL
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Nova C Leg Charger

Número de artículo A01D_x
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Configuraciones

Nova C Bench Straight

Número de artículo NBEC8
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Nova C Bench Wiggly

Número de artículo NBEC6
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Nova C Bench Ondular

Número de artículo NBEC9
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Nova C Bench Tilde

Número de artículo NBEC5
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Nova C Bench Bracket

Número de artículo NBEC2
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Nova C Bench Donut

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Nova C Bench Circle

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Nova C Bench Omega

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Nova C Bench Stadium

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Nova C Bench Infinity

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Módulos

Leaf Lamp Tree S

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Leaf Lamp Tree M

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Leaf Lamp Tree L

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Accesorios

Leaf Lamp Link Tree Baseplate

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Módulos

Nova C Perch

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Nova C Perch Convex 30°

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Nova C Perch Convex 45°

Número de artículo NPE3_45
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Nova C Perch Concave 30°

Número de artículo NPE4_30
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Nova C Perch Concave 45°

Número de artículo NPE4_45
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