Infrastructure and Social Engine
On one level, this project is simply an infill addition inserted into an underutilized service courtyard. On another level, however, it provides new distribution routes for 21st century infrastructure, enabling the 100-year-old complex to remain a vital home for high technology research. At once technical engine and social connector, the project weaves together pathways for people and systems, preserving the programmatic diversity and richness of the original buildings, as well as their distinguished architectural character.
Largely invisible itself, the addition connects the surrounding, existing spaces in rich new ways, creating new opportunities for chance encounters and collaboration. It has fostered an interactive environment that quietly permeates the historic fabric without undermining its heritage. Mostly hidden from view, it preserves the historic character of the complex, while introducing a teaching and research paradigm that was unachievable within its original geometry.
Photography: © Peter Vanderwarker; © Robert Benson Photography; © Payette, Images by Rachellynn Schoen