University of Wisconsin, Madison Chemistry
Unifying a progressive program
RecognitionAIA Wisconsin, Honor Award
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.
The design concepts for each element of the facility work extremely well, and its aesthetic
qualities appeal to both the occupants and the entire community. Our new and refurbished facilities also
dramatically improved the safety of our laboratories and helped us recruit and retain first-class faculty
and students. We are proud of our building because it is both functional and beautiful.
These facilities will play a pivotal role in enhancing our program of scholarly activities in the years to come.
Robert McMahonPhDChemistry Professor