Opening photo: ©DSA Architects
The Art and Design Studios North Building Addition unifies and supports the fine- and practical-arts program at Northern Michigan University by consolidating spaces that previously were spread throughout campus. The modern, rectilinear addition is a balance of brick massing contrasted by the extensive use of glass and zinc cladding. The ASSOCIATED FIRMHGA, Inc., Design ConsultantCOST PER SQ FT$175.00FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio blends with the existing building, and creates an identifiable image for the art and design department.
The second floor of the main corridor offers stunning views of nearby Lake Superior and allows students to recognize their location within the larger context of the city. Clerestory glazing provides natural lighting throughout the building’s main corridor; this light is reflected and filtered through openings to the levels below.
All spaces are supported by technology. Special attention was given to the acoustical design of the lecture and screening rooms. Other spaces include the computer and photo lab suites, drawing and painting studios, faculty offices, critique rooms and two gallery spaces.
The building was designed around the main corridor, which contains a glass-enclosed grand stair at the north entrance to facilitate campus pedestrian traffic. The main corridor intersects the connecting corridor at the main entrance to link the existing building to the new addition with an energetic gallery reception space.