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****   Merit Award - 2009   ****
GRADUATE AEROSPACE LABORATORIES
(# 259)
Category: Architectural Interiors
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GRADUATE AEROSPACE LABORATORIES


Our client, a university aerospace department, has pioneered many advances in aerospace exploration. The department asked us to transform its run-down facilities into a dynamic environment that would reflect the new types of research going on there. In doing so, we sought to: find formal and spatial analogies for this collective research; provide it with a new identity as it enters a new era; maximize transparency to promote creative interaction; and celebrate the department’s history.

The program included: new lobby; new teaching and research labs; new exhibition areas; and new conference, office, and interactive spaces. 

Our formal language came from the notion of FLOW – the understanding of material behavior under differential pressures. We dropped new ceilings and wrappers into the existing structure to metaphorically study their flow patterns, while also creating a highly functional facility. Digital design and construction tools were utilized throughout the design and construction process.

lobby
plans and axon
view into lobby
resin ceiling detail
wormseye resin clg
laboratory
laboratory museum
research laboratory
interactive space
conference + archive
display hall
conference + display
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