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Brown University Applied Math Building

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Brown University Applied Math Building

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Brown University

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This project for Brown University expands the home of the Division of Applied Mathematics to a prominent corner site on historic Hope Street. The building design mediates between the institutional scale of the campus and the residential scale of the street in its massing, material and detailing. The site strategy creates a campus lawn and a series of garden rooms between its site and 182 George Street, a historic, Richardson Romanesque home also occupied by Applied Math. Weathered steel shingles and fluted cast stone panels define the volume, with glazed openings scaled to the campus and the street.

The three-story structure houses faculty, administrative, and student offices, meeting rooms, and flexible classrooms. The lobby connects campus to neighborhood, and large meeting rooms along the west edge open out to garden rooms. Informal collaborative spaces form the core of the upper floors, which are ringed by private and shared offices. Activated by brightly colored chalkboard paint walls, these spaces encourage impromptu interaction and facilitate a wide range of meeting types.

This project was built to perform 25% better than energy code and meet LEED Gold standards. Delivered as design/build, it was completed in 16 months from design kickoff to user occupancy.
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