The large diameter old growth trees, the oldest elements of the Franklin & Marshall campus, were the conceptual generator of the building’s geometry. The raised pavilion takes its shape from the concave inflection of the existing campus trees (all of which are preserved on the site). As a lightweight building, its main floor is lifted into the trees with the ground level open to Buchanan Park and the Arts Quad. The billowing suspended lightweight architecture of the new building is articulated with thin in wall trusses – like a box kite. The concrete walls at the ground level articulate the light & heavy distinction like the heavy trunks of the nearby trees. The large reflecting pool, which doubles as campus stormwater overflow, creates reflections of the hovering building at night that glow in the water.
- Recycled glass “Poraver” skin- Super-insulated envelope- Natural light to all studios provided by Okalux insulated channel glass and skylights- Operable windows in all studios- Geothermal heating and cooling- Reflecting pool doubles as stormwater overflow- All existing trees preserved on site