Contemporary Expression of Historic Forms
Scaife Hall was built of limestone in the mid-1950s, when aluminum cladding was also a favored material in the architecture of downtown Pittsburgh. The project’s outward expression is a glass box extending over the entrance, shaded from the western afternoon sun by angled, perforated aluminum panels that continue the rhythm of the building’s tall, narrow windows. As seen by a passerby walking west to east, the panels first block the view into the student lounge, then gradually reveal it.
Past Intentions Improve the Future
Inside, the transformation of the space began with removal of the original escalators, which rose through five floors of the building. An open stair had been an option in the original 1950s design. This grand gesture is now realized, encouraging walking to promote wellness and reducing energy and maintenance costs. At the top, a Tribute Wall highlights the careers of significant researchers from Pitt Medicine.
Photography: © Warren Jagger Photography