Woven into the fabric of a Neo-Georgian campus, a contemporary glass and brick building conceals an open-air interior courtyard. Clad in individually-cut clear and red glass panels, the dramatic elliptical form compels people to look up through an oculus to the skies, and within the facility, the glass ellipse energizes shared space. Activities taking place inside on the ground floor are visible from the courtyard: this transparency acts as a dynamic advertisement or welcoming committee for the physics department. The focal point of the courtyard is a ceremonial stair that connects research on all levels of the facility. It is a design in which “negative space” connects people and fosters interaction. By night, the lighted oculus has a distinctive, high-tech appearance—an instant landmark.