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Tykeson Hall College and Careers Building – University of Oregon

Client: University of Oregon

Eugene, Oregon

Institutional/Academic - Arts and Sciences

Scheduled Completion in 2019

Prominently sited in the heart of the University of Oregon campus, this new 65,000 square-foot building will bring together and integrate a multitude of disparate resources dedicated to educational excellence, academic advising, career services, community outreach and administrative leadership.  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.

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.

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 and has partnered with Eugene-based Rowell Brokaw Architects as the Architect-of-Record.

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