Every home needs a living room—and the Christine E. Lynn University Center, home to so many student-centered offices and activities, is no different.
The Irving and Barbara Gutin Living Room is an informal, inviting space where students can meet, take a break or people-watch. The design firm Gensler selected a variety of comfortable seating choices that can be used and combined in a variety of ways.
“It’s a warm and friendly space,” said Barbara Gutin who, together with her late husband, Irving, made a generous gift to create the living room.
The living room is nestled between Elaine’s and the Bobby Campbell Dining Commons, so students can meet before finding a dining table together, or they can take their after-dinner conversation to the comfortable sofas, chairs and footstools.
“I like that it’s on the way to where students eat. They can sit and talk, or just say, ‘Meet me at the living room',” Mrs. Gutin said.
In addition to soft sofas and cushioned chairs, the room features multipurpose pieces that can serve as seats or small tables.
“The living room is a space for students to interact and get the peer-to-peer contact and learning that is so important to the overall student experience,” said Anthony Altieri, vice president of student affairs.
The second floor is open over the living room, creating an airy feel and giving students a view of the activity below. Large glass windows along two walls make the room bright and cheerful and also give students outside a view of the activity inside.
Mrs. Gutin, who serves on the board of the Friends of the Conservatory of Music, said living rooms appeal to her because they’re relaxed and homey.
The Gutins have donated similar spaces at three other universities. “I find the Lynn University campus very peaceful,” she said. “I’m happy to be part of it.”