The extension of the Isenberg School of Management building seeks to bring together departments at the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts while creating a new workspace for students where events and lectures can be held. The program also includes classrooms and halls for the various specialized centers that make up the prestigious business school.
The project results from the circular tracing of a floor plan, like a donut, around the north end. This configuration establishes two different points of connection with the current building, a strategy which helps to fluidly integrate the volume into the existing circulation system, although for fire safety reasons the constructions must be separated a certain distance. The complex is rounded off with a central garden courtyard.
The most characteristic element of the project is the facade, with its composition of large vertical pieces of metal. The pattern is deformed at the entrance on Presidents Drive, slanting progressively to delimit a spacious foyer that serves to give a formal nuance to the transition from the preexisting building.
University of Massachusetts Building Authority
BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.
Socios responsables Partners in charge: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen, Daniel Sundlin
Jefe de proyecto Project leader: Hung Kai Liao, Pauline Lavie, Yu Inamoto
Equipo de proyecto Project team: Alice Cladet, Amina Blacksher, Aurelie Frolet, Barbara Stallone, Beat Schenk, Benjamin Caldwell, Benjamin Novacinski, Cheyenne Vandevoorde, Daniel Jackson Kidd, Daniel Sundlin, Davide Maggio, Deborah Campbell, Denys Kozak, Derek Wong, Domenic Schmid, Douglass Alligood, Elena Bresciani, Emily Mohr, Fabian Lorenz, Filip Milovanovic, Francesca Portesine, Hung Kai Liao, Ibrahim Salman, Jan Leenknegt, Justyna Mydlak, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Ku Hun Chung, Linda Halim, Lucas Hong, Manon Otto, Margaret Tyrpa, Maria Eugenia Dominguez, Mustafa Khan, Nicolas Gustin, Pauline Lavie, Pei Pei Yang, Peter Lee, Seoyoung Shin, Seth Byrum, Simon Lee, Terrence Chew, Thomas Christoffersen, Tianqi Zhang, Yixin Li, Yu Inamoto
Goody Clancy Architects, Richmond So Engineers, Arup, Nitsch, VAV, Towers Golde, Haley & Aldrich, Acentech, HLB, SGH, PEER, WIL-SPEC, VGA, Lerch Bates, LN Consulting, Mohar Designs, BIG IDEAS