The study of Health Science involves a deep understanding of a body’s potential, strength, and movement. The architecture of AIC’s new Health Science building represents these elemental concepts by showcasing the parade of its occupant’s body movement throughout the buildings circulation.
OLD + NEW
The existing building structure was in good condition. The project team felt it was necessary to remove the majority of the existing conditions, with exception of the structural shell, to accommodate the proposed program and aesthetic. This also helped to simplify the renovation and allows the existing building to blend in with new design.
The existing building facade, primarily brick, was repaired and received cladding around the existing windows to match the detailing of the new building. Inside, large openings were made within the façade of the existing building so that the spaces could be easily intertwined, connected by a grand, interior, court.
The Design Team was challenged to create a visual impact on State Street while maintaining a tight budget. This was achieved by eliminating interior corridors and focusing the majority of the building circulation to an atrium.
We also were able to create a visual impact by focusing the major design elements toward the front of the building. The design of the back of the building, facing a small parking lot, was limited to simple and inexpensive materials.