Mandel Center for the Humanities
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This new academic building interweaves learning, gathering and workplaces to create an interdisciplinary center for the Humanities campus. The hillside site serves as both a gateway from the Brandeis Campus to the Humanities Quad and bridge from the lower perimeter road joining the whole campus to the upper acropolis-like quadrangle. The learning spaces are placed on the lowest level, workplaces on the upper three levels and gathering spaces joining these activities in between including the three story Forum. The Forum is a nexus for the pathway leading through the building from campus to quad is animated by natural light and views as well as a twenty-first century chandelier comprised of a random array of LED light fixtures expressing the power of collaboration. This lighting ensemble offers limitless possibilities for colorful expression.
The dominant transparent south facing façade allows majestic views of the distant horizon and exterior spaces to enjoy nature including a roof terrace adjoin the Forum and roof garden adjoining the top level library. The north façade encloses private faculty office spaces, is expressed with a brick wall designed to emphasis depth and dominant material of the Humanities Campus.
Sustainable design informed decisions about siting and interior organization, healthy interior environment, use of super-insulated walls and roof, high efficiency heating and cooling equipment, lighting sensors, use of recycled interior materials and durable exterior materials to minimize maintenance. The extensive glazing is protected by strategic sun-shading and uses solar efficient glass.
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** Project Architect/Design Principal / Kallmann McKinnell and Wood Architects,
*** Project Designer / Voorsanger and Mills, New York NY