The Integrated Science Building (ISB) continues the trend of bringing multiple science departments under one roof while simultaneously serving as a campus link. Strategically located at the juncture of academic and residential precincts, its central atrium is a multistory “interaction engine,” welcoming sciences and nonscience students alike and facilitating cross-campus connections. Three woodclad treehouses along this pedestrian route provide memorable venues for study and collaboration.
The first of two phases, the ISB was conceived to be the terminus of a new pedestrian spine at the north end of what is currently an ill-defined campus precinct. Materials were selected to harmonize with nearby buildings and to provide a distinct tactile quality that can be perceived both up close and from afar. The glazed treehouse atrium, screened by grey terracotta rods, differentiates itself as the main public space and the focal point of a new campus green.
“The open plan layout of the ISB laboratories epitomizes our culture of one open laboratory with multiple PIs with numerous distinct spaces for investigators at all levels to site comfortably alone or in small groups. We love our new space which has personality, form and function, and above all, clean open lines that allow the mind and spirit to soar.” Samuel J. Black | Professor & Head, Veterinary & Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst