University of Cincinnati, Braunstein Hall Renovations

Cincinnati, Ohio

  • FIRM

    Champlin Architecture


    Univeristy of Cincinnati

  • AREA

    100,000 sq.ft.





Braunstein Hall, a 1931 classical Art Deco structure, was the first modern physics laboratory education building in the nation. No modernization took place prior to this $10.3 million renovation.

Two floor levels were gutted and rebuilt to create technologically advanced, user-friendly facilities for the departments of physics, geography and anthropology, along with ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$103.00FEATURED IN2002 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation classrooms and lecture rooms.

Careful design of the corridor/lounge/public space system facilitates casual interaction among students and faculty, and contributes to the amenity-rich environment. The interior architectural treatment recalls the restrained traditional character of the building exterior, but with a contemporary detailing sensibility that seamlessly integrates technology with tradition.

Special attention to selection and detailing of finish materials takes into account the university’s concern about everyday wear and tear. Lighting design that uses indirect cove and suspended fixtures illuminates the building—a stark contrast to the gloomy quality endemic of the original spaces.

Such a dramatic and pleasing transformation surprised university officials, showcasing possibilities latent in the university’s older structures. These facilities can indeed complement the university’s newer “signature” buildings.