For our own office design in the historic former Whittier Elementary (see Whittier Lofts), we wanted to use our creativity to leverage existing features and combine them with new ones. We stripped layers of paint to expose brick and refinished all original doors. We inserted our new office desks — custom designed out of simple and inexpensive door slabs and even built our own custom sliding doors using cut pieces of slate from old chalkboards found in the school. Space wise, we moved the entry doors out to take over hallway space which allowed us to conform to fire code and create an entrance gallery of our work. We find it fitting we’re located in the former art room of the school.
Ciavarella Design Office
Mitchell, SD 2012 - 2013