SustainabilityLEED Gold Certified
AwardsChicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award 2018
Chicago Athenaeum, Green Good Design Award 2018
Wall Street Journal Best Architecture of 2017
AIA New England Merit Award 2019
World Architects Building of the Year 2017
World Architecture News - Sustainable Buildings 2018
World Architecture News, Wood Award Finalist 2017
BSA Sustainable Design Honor Award 2018
BSA Interiors Award 2018
BSA Honor Award 2017
Wood Design & Buildings Magazine Award 2018
DNA Design Awards Paris, Honorable Mention 2019
The Plan Award - Finalist 2018
Bringing together the previously dispersed departments of Landscape Architecture, Architecture, and Building Technology programs, the new Design Building is a dynamic space of exchange, collaboration, and experiment, celebrating a shared commitment to sustainability.
The Design Building is a highly visible demonstration of sustainable design practice. It’s the first and largest cross laminated timber (CLT) academic building in the US. The envelope is highly-efficient, with dedicated mechanical equipments zoned for maximum efficiency, with radiant flooring and chilled beams for energy savings. Calculated expanse of glazing and skylights provide maximum daylight to the building’s interior to significantly reduce artificial lighting energy. Storm water management concept directs roof runoff via sculptural scupper to a “spring source” at the top of the site and filters the water via series of successive bio-swales and timber dams to the lower end of the site and eventually back to the Connecticut River. The building is LEED Gold.
To create a center space of collaboration, a coiling and rising band of studios, faculty offices and classrooms surrounds a skylit Commons for gathering and presentations. The building also forms a green roof terrace, a contemplative space shared by the studios and faculty and a potential experimental space for the landscape department. The slope of the site creates a tall four-story façade on the west facing the mall, and the rising structure invites the community into the building and reveals the activities within. The east side of the building faces a series of smaller historic buildings along Stockbridge Way, and its three story façade fits comfortably into this context.
A durable envelope of copper-colored anodized aluminum panels and vertical windows suggest the color and patterns of forest and trees of the region. A highly innovative engineered timber structure makes this an example for the sustainable use of wood and builds on the leading edge research of the Building Construction Technology program.