University of Wisconsin, Madison
Unifying a progressive program
Drawing inspiration from the adjacent 1960s-era structures of metal, glass, and pre-cast concrete, the chemistry building unifies two sections of campus. The sleek form and crisp delineation of the new tower speaks of a progressive program, one which not only teaches basic chemistry to undergraduate students but also fosters an investigative work environment for graduate students.
This modern building provides new research labs and support space, an instrument center, and imaging facilities. Remodeling existing laboratories addressed safety concerns and equipment needs. A two-story atrium at the entrance of the building displays scientific imagery, blurring the lines between science and art.
The seminar hall is the final piece in a series of renovations and additions to the Chemistry Department. An accessible space, the hall is designed for a constant flow of students, with an easy, natural egress. A stairway to the main floor is expressed as an outwardly curved form, with transparent ends that allow for views. The hall is illuminated at the perimeter, giving the ceiling a buoyant quality. Unique interior finishes and design considerations result in superior acoustical qualities and aesthetics.
RecognitionAIA Wisconsin, Honor Award