studio space at Dalhousie
There are 2.5 floors of studio space at the school arranged in a symmetrical "T" shaped plan. The central studio area of the "T" includes two floors, each with a mezzanine, that overlooks the main critique/presentation space below on the main floor. There are several openings [to below] between the old building & the newer renovated space as well - its an intricate well detailed arrangement. Glazing on the east, south, and west sides makes for incredible light in the space throughout the day (when its sunny!) The 3rd floor has a view to the harbour - that's where the 4th year students get desks.
The sides/flanks of the studio include a [partial] upper floor area for extra desks. This affords the best of both worlds - wide open space in the centre studio - high ceilings, amazing light - and cozy upper/lower spaces within the side studios - warm wood everywhere, and operational windows for each desk.
First year students (65 Total) are divided into 5 groups and we will be moved every 4 months. I am happy about this as we'll all get to try all of the different spaces.
Within the studio there seems to be plenty of space for everyone, lots of extra desks - but there are about 50 second year students currently on "work term" for the next 4 months. We'll see what happens when we're all in the studio at the same time in January. From my count there are +/- 210 students total in the program.