The goal of the project was to repurpose a severely underutilized 1,500-seat auditorium into the university’s flagship academic center. The project introduced new structure into the volume of the original auditorium in order to stack two new lecture halls, each seating between 300-400 students. Nine breakout classrooms and ancillary student lounge spaces surround the lower lecture hall. Lecture and classroom spaces align with the pedagogy of the university as it looks toward the future of medical education.
The organic form of the lower lecture hall creates a seamless circulation path, strengthening the integration of the lecture hall and classroom functions. The faceted geometry of the upper lecture hall was driven by the need for two separate projection screens, angled to maximize student sight lines. A similar, yet inverse material palette was devised to give each lecture hall a strong sense of identity while maintaining a consistent aesthetic for the entire project.
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