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The Gateway

Baltimore, MD United States


Project Description

In addition to its intelligence as an urban design gesture, this 87,000-square-foot project is notable for its unique beginnings—conceived through an in-house competition among young designers at RTKL, the Baltimore-based architects of the building.

The nine-story rectangular tower forms the building's north façade, running along busy North Avenue and angling toward nearby I-83 like a giant billboard. Wrapped in fritted glass panels, the tower houses additional apartments and provides work space (including 38 cubicles and two open-plan studios) for MICA's student artists.

Concrete balconies ringing the interior of the drum overlook a landscaped courtyard that is the spiritual heart of the dormitory. A concrete platform in the courtyard serves as a stage for concerts or small performances.

Other key functions occupy the lower two floors. The ground-floor lobby doubles as gallery for student work, while a small café tucked into the north end of the lobby serves light fare and coffee in an informal setting. Opposite the gallery are entrances to the BBox, a flexible, black box theater that hosts movies, lectures, performances, and concerts. Up one level, on the second floor, are an apartment for the residence adviser, offices and meeting spaces for academic programs, and MICA's career development center.

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Project Details

The Gateway
Shared by:
  • General Contractor: Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. 
  • Landscape Architect: Higgins-Lazarus Landscape Architecture 
  • Civil Engineer: KCW Engineering Technologies Inc. 
  • Lighting Designer: Flux Studios 
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    87,000 sq ft
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Specified Products

Viracon, Inc. Exterior Glass

One of 16 varieties of glass used on the exterior of the building, the colored panels wrapping the residential drum are Viraspan, an insulating spandrel glass manufactured by Viracon. The applied color is a ceramic frit—some white, some gray, some a custom green—that covers the entire surface of the glass and provides privacy inside the rooms. The operable vision light in each bedroom has a frosted appearance from the outside, created by a film interlayer.

Altman Lighting Co. Exterior-Grade Theater Lighting

Adjustable spotlights for presentations and impromptu performances on the courtyard stage are attached to 1½-inch stainless steel rails that project from the fifth-floor landing. Rated for outdoor use, the cast-aluminum fixtures used noncorroding hardware and fittings. Joinings have heavy gaskets to protect the lamp, reflector, and ballast from inclement weather. Similar fixtures with flood lenses are used for ambient lighting in the courtyard.



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