Knowlton Hall, The Ohio State University

11-25-2013 10:51

This new facility houses all three sections of the Knowlton School of Architecture. WSA Studio partnered with Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects on the design of this project. Located adjacent to Ohio Stadium, the building is a major feature on the northwest corner of the academic core of the campus. The structure is post-tensioned concrete construction and features a sophisticated exterior wall “rain screen”. Marble shingles and glass create a unique exterior aesthetic, while the interior is highlighted by a raw, stark exposed concrete and steel vernacular. The building harnesses state of the art cutting-edge technology to support the architectural educational process, and the open visually connected studios promote cross-discipline intellectual growth. Additionally, students are able to see the work of older/younger students which promotes academic mentorship. Central to the plan in an “inclined plane” which serves as the functional connector between studio spaces and also fosters collaboration among each discipline. A 1,000 student auditorium, a centralized meeting area, a gallery, a third party cafe and a nationally award winning library are featured spaces within the building. Furnishings for this facility were either custom designed or are part of a collection of classic modernist furniture, designed by famous architects and designers.

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