LMN Architects - Paccar Hall: Phase I of the University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business Expanded Campus Project Print E-mail
Friday, 19 November 2010 14:06
Paccar-Hall-01The Foster School of Business is in the midst of a transformation, with a clearly articulated vision to become the top public business school in the nation. The overriding purpose of this multi-phase project is to convert the school’s current collection of outdated facilities-through new construction and renovation-into a cohesive education complex that embodies its educational focus of leadership development, strategic thinking and collaboration. The project includes two new, interconnected buildings: the privately funded 133,000 SF Paccar Hall (Phase I); and a publicly funded 63,000 SF building that replaces 1960’s era Balmer Hall (Phase II).

Also included is renovation of the subterranean Foster Business Library, which repositions its primary entrance to link directly with the central activity zone of Paccar Hall.

The design responds to the program’s strong emphasis on social connectivity and its active central campus site with a high degree of porosity—in terms of both visual and functional relationships. A four-story, day-lighted atrium runs the entire length of Paccar Hall. Primary entrances are knitted into the pedestrian flow of the campus, with views, topography and landscape embraced as integrated elements in the architectural experience. The exterior expression is a direct response to the functional needs of modern business education and environmental influences, while responding to adjacent historic campus buildings with compatible materiality, scale and proportion.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 November 2010 11:32
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Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture (HMBA) - Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 08:41
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This new project has just opened its doors earlier this month. Two years in the making its is being inaugurated during Kent State University’s centennial year, the Roe Green Center designed by Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture (HMBA) incorporates both renovation and new construction of the Music and Speech Building built in 1960.

It features a striking new glass lobby entrance, a 200-seat black box experimental theatre, and brings the Theatre and Dance departments together under the same roof for the first time with three, new state-of-the art dance studios.

"We are thrilled to have everyone in the same building and we're excited by the creative possibilities for collaborations by theatre, dance and music students." said Cynthia Stillings, director, School of Theatre and Dance.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 November 2010 11:29
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Mahlum - Bainbridge High School 200 Building in Bainbridge Island, Washington Print E-mail
Monday, 08 November 2010 12:29
Mahlum-Bainbridge-01Given the opportunity to replace teaching space and enlarge shared common areas, the client’s primary objectives for this project were to clarify campus entry, create a world-class education facility that reinforces learning and connectivity through transparency. Of equal importance was to strengthen the connections between education and environment as well as accommodate community use. Finally, the new facility and site development honors the heritage of place; including preservation of historic cherry trees planted by Japanese Americans upon returning from World War II.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 November 2010 11:22
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Zaha Hadid Architects - Evelyn Grace Academy in London Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 November 2010 07:57
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Here is a detailed look at Zaha Hadid Architects’ first completed project in England, the Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, south London for ARK Schools.

Designed for 1200 pupils, the Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, London Borough of Lambeth, wants to broaden not only the educational diversity of this active and historical part of London but also augments the built environment in a predominantly residential area.

This Academy presents itself as an open, transparent and welcoming addition to the community’s local urban regeneration process. The dynamic distribution of the spaces, follows the functional organisation of the school.


Last Updated on Thursday, 25 November 2010 11:24
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Mahlum - Thurston Elementary School, Springfield, Oregon Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 September 2010 06:31


Mahlum-Thurston-09The school’s gentle, sloping silhouette reflects directly how the building communicates with the surrounding McKenzie River valley’s tree-lined hills to the south and north of the project site. Sheets of exposed, tilt-up concrete create a structural rhythm that expresses the scale of these hills and grounds the building to its site.

The community and student population approach from the west while the cost offers access to outdoor learning. On these sides, the pedestrian scale is reinforced by lap siding.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 November 2010 08:54
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O'Brien/Atkins Associates & The Freelon Group - Biomanufacturing Research Institute Technology Enterprise (BRITE), Durham, North Carolina Print E-mail
Monday, 30 August 2010 07:30

We continue the series on the 2010 Architecture for Education (CAE) Awards with a research institute in North Carolina.
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BRITE Center is a key component of North Carolina's statewide public-private initiative to provide a hands-on learning experience for undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in the State's growing biotechnology industry. Faculty and students train in flexible research labs designed to accommodate instrumentation commonly found in biotechnology work environments. and often donated by the local biotech community. The east and west elevations are derived metaphorically from an unfolded DNA strand, reflective of the building's teaching mission. The BRITE Center shares resources with the adjacent Mary Townes Science Building, creating a dynamic science quad on the NCCU campus.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 August 2010 09:04
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Perkins Eastman - Concordia International School Shanghai, Shanghai, China Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 August 2010 08:50

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Concordia International School Shanghai (ciss) is an independent private day school for students Pre-K through Grade 12. following the master plan update and implementation of Phase iii - a new elementary school and arts center, the same architects moved onto the programming, planning and design of the final phase – a new high school building and renovation of the existing.

As the final leg of ciss’s phased master plan for expansion, the new high school facility is a physical manifestation of a student’s final threshold before moving onto college and post-graduate life. the maturity and freedom exhibited in the design of this building evokes the spirit with which the school hopes students will take with them as they move forward.

While we posted an article about the project when it was completed back in January, we are revisiting the project with more information and photographs with the series on the recipients of the 2010 Architecture for Education (CAE) Awards.

All images ⓒ ShuHe

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 August 2010 09:29
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NAC|Architecture - The Cathcart Site, Snohomish, Washington Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 August 2010 07:51


The high school and elementary school design focuses on the experiential quality of architecture as an essential ingredient for meaningful learning. The design reinterprets the original character of the site, thereby imbuing the new experience with a rich and varied relationship to nature.
NAC_Cathcart_site_04Through mountain views, sloping terrain, courtyards, bridges, and a tactile landscape of salvaged logs and boulders, nature enriches the learning environment. The site character is both the poetic inspiration for and an active participant in the daily experience of the users of the school.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 January 2011 09:32
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Hopkins Architects - Northern Arizona University, Advanced Research and Development Facility Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 June 2010 07:17


In light of the increasing significance of environmental and ecological programs in the new economy, the Arizona Board of Regents had established the interdisciplinary Center for Sustainable Environments (CSE) at Northern Arizona University. The Center serves as a catalyst for many on and off campus projects, and has a direct and immediate impact on the community and the regional economy.
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Since its initiation, CSE has developed over twenty partnerships, and this rapid expansion has created a need for additional research space on the Northern Arizona University campus. Infrastructure needs include space for developing applied research projects, as well as the technology and infrastructure needed to disseminate environmental knowledge to the region and the nation.

Given these needs, the administration at Northern Arizona University developed a plan to design and build a unique building that would meet the expanding research needs of the Center for Sustainable Environments and its public and private partners.

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