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Grinnell College

The New Analogue in "the Middle of Everywhere"

Located in a small, rural town is a college with a large presence and a lot to offer. When Grinnell College constructed a new Admission and Student Financial Services building on their over 150-year-old campus, they turned to ZEBRADOG to help activate the space with a holistic and authentic story of the college. Drawing inspiration from the campus, the students, and ordinary everyday items, ZD’s design team brought the building to life by curating a signature guest experience that celebrates the school's history, campus diversity, global connections, and alumni accolades. To give visitors a full range of experiences, ZEBRADOG focused on creating both analog and digital expressions. From a welcome wall of 4,500 pencils—each inscribed with various messages and facts—and the 100-year-old salvaged sycamore round to the interactive digital portal into the World of Grinnell, prospective students, parents, and guests are bound to find some unexpected discoveries.