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Tykeson Hall – University of Oregon

Client: University of Oregon

Eugene, Oregon

Institutional/Academic - Arts and Sciences

Scheduled Completion in 2019

OFFICE 52 Architecture’s design for Tykeson Hall at the University of Oregon defines a new typology with innovative and creative programming geared toward our evolving society to create a new model for student success and academic excellence in higher education. It is a vision for a new community-oriented liberal arts center with an architecture based on the concept of flexibility, integrated functions, forward thinking technology-based applications and open access for student communication.  The 64,000 square foot Tykeson Hall will be the first of its kind in the nation: a campus center designed to usher in a new era in advising.  Designed primarily for the College of Arts and Sciences and located in the historic core of the campus, the new building will accommodate programs and services for advising that are currently dispersed throughout the campus.  These include integrated academic/career advising, student services, and tutoring, combined with state-of-the-art flexible classrooms, modern technology, administrative leadership offices, and flexible public spaces for events and student activities to connect with one another, mentors, alumni, and the broader community both in person and digitally.  Our design vision for the building re-imagines how student services are organized and accessed to create an integrated, collaborative and technologically enabled model.  As such, the building is architecturally defined by three interlocking forms, each with its own tectonic expression related to its program and spatial character.  The three forms are clad respectively in brick, terra cotta and glass for a contemporary architectural approach that reinterprets traditional building materials found on campus to create custom-designed patterns and modern details for the new building.  Design details include a custom brick pattern we designed as well as a subtle five-colored exterior rainscreen of terra cotta, once a decorative material that we use as primary building cladding.  Trees removed from the building site were salvaged and will be used for portions of the building interior.  Currently under construction, Tykeson Hall is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019 and is on target to achieve LEED Gold certification with energy consumption estimated to be 34% better than required by the Oregon Energy Code.

Located in the historic core of the campus, OFFICE 52’s design rethinks what it means to create a contemporary building in this historic context and to realize a flexible, student-centered learning environment that is focused on the broad palette of the Liberal Arts.  Tykeson Hall is expressly designed around the belief that an education in the Liberal Arts prepares students for a lifetime of learning and success by empowering them through a broad based education with the essential skills of critical thinking, creative problem solving and communication.  As such, Tykeson Hall will be the new center for the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), the core academic unit of the university which is home to 800 faculty, 42 fields of study, and 11,000 students.

The design approach to the building reflects the integration of the traditional campus lexicon with an unprecedented and new spatial model to create a transformative architectural experience.  The building is conceived as three interlocking forms which intersect in plan and section to create a variety of space types, all with generous natural light.  Each form houses a different aspect of the program, has a different spatial character, and is treated with a different architectural enclosure.  The first volume houses state-of-the-art classrooms and is clad in traditional brick, sympathetic in scale and tone to the surrounding buildings, yet with a unique stacking pattern designed specifically by the architects for the project.

The second volume houses all of the newly integrated advising and administrative programs and is more open in plan and transparent at its perimeter.  Clad with a custom palette of glazed terra cotta tiles, this portion of the building is unapologetically modern and forward looking.  The terra cotta, used as an accent on older campus buildings, is now a primary material, used in a new and completely modern capacity.  Drawing on the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, the multi-color terra cotta becomes an architectural metaphor for the diversity of CAS and the breadth of the Liberal Arts as a vehicle for life-long learning.

The third volume is almost completely transparent and houses the most public elements of the building.  The CAS Commons is a multi-function space that spills out to a ground-level terrace and a reimagined lawn framed by existing trees and the neighboring Chapman Hall on the west side of the building.  Designed for events and daily happening, the Commons is also intended to be used by students as a casual center and gathering space.

Together, these three volumes are seamlessly integrated into a larger architectural composition that is simultaneously respectful of its historic context and also clearly points to the future.

OFFICE 52 Architecture is the Design Architect for Tykeson Hall.  Eugene-based Rowell Brokaw Architects is the Architect-of-Record.


PDF: Tykeson Project Summary and Press Release

PDF: Irresistible Challenge Article

PDF: O52 in Cascade

PDF: OFFICE 52 – UO Tykeson Hall in Register Guard

PDF: O52 Featured in Oregon Architect