At Princeton University, our renovation and expansion of the existing 1963 building transforms the School of Architecture’s by strengthening its connection to the surrounding campus and opening the school to the university community.
The project transforms relationships within the School of Architecture itself, linking the two-story south wing, where administrative offices and library are located, to the studios and classrooms in the three-story north wing. Making use of residual space between the wings, the addition contains a new lobby, student lounge, and elevator wrapped by a cantilevered steel plate stair.
Renovations throughout address new program requirements such as a digital fabrication lab, life safety, and accessibility while preserving existing elements such as the open concrete stair serving the studios.
The curtain wall’s ceramic frit patterns relate to the proportions of the existing building and provide solar shading on the south and west exposures.