Princeton University, located in the state of New Jersey, is one of the most prestigious universities in the United States and has been repeatedly considered one of the ten best educational institutions in the world. This university, founded in 1746 and a member of the famous Ivy League, is the fourth oldest in the country.
One of the largest spaces on the Princeton University campus is McCosh Hall, a building with two of the largest lecture halls in the university. One of these classrooms is McCosh 50, where not only academic activities are held for the students, but also lectures by world-renowned guest speakers. This emblematic auditorium, with a capacity for 445 attendees, preserves much of the architecture of the original building, built in 1907, including the stone and wood finishes and the original seating.
Due to the age of the building and its constant use, the McCosh 50 auditorium needed a renovation to implement acoustical, visual and space improvements, thus achieving an optimal experience for attendees, fully up to the standards of the renowned institution. The auditorium renovation project included the removal of the old seats and the installation of new ones that would retain the style of the originals but would include certain improvements to ensure maximum occupant comfort. The architectural firm 1100 Architects entrusted Figueras with the redesign of these distinctive seats.
The renovation of the McCosh Auditorium was planned to be carried out in two phases spanning a period of two calendar years, both phases were scheduled to take place during the summer months, coinciding with the end of the school year. The first phase, focused on the implementation of improvements to the acoustics of the space, was developed during the summer of 2019. The second phase, scheduled for the summer of 2020, began in May 2020, taking advantage of the fact that classroom academic activity had been suspended due to the global coronavirus pandemic. In this second phase the improvements consisted of renovating the auditorium floor, implementing a more current audiovisual system, and installing the new Figueras seating.