NHIA – Amherst St.

The New Hampshire Institute of Art purchased this former retail building to provide additional classroom space for their growing urban campus. The Architects determined the existing mill type structure could support an additional floor adding four more studios than expected. The completed building provides eight drawing and painting studios, two ceramics studios, the student store, student gallery, office, student lounge, and support space. The design respects the integrity of the existing building with fenestration and material choices. The sidewalk entrance provides direct access to the student store and the lobby/gallery. The new canopy on the side is the student entry to the studios and exterior elevator access. The Institute closed on the property the end of March 2005 and the first two floors were occupied for September 1, 2005 with the following two floors completed in November.