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Sullivan Family Student Center / LTL Architects

  • 01:00 - 30 May, 2011
Sullivan Family Student Center / LTL Architects
Sullivan Family Student Center / LTL Architects, © Michael Moran Studio
© Michael Moran Studio

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Laramie, WY, United States
  • Architect

    Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects (LTL Architects)
  • Project Team

    Paul Lewis (Principal), Marc Tsurumaki (Principal), David J. Lewis (Principal), Hye-Young Chung (Project Manager), Matthew Clarke, Clark Manning, Laura Cheung
  • Architect Of Record

    University of Wyoming Facilities Planning Office: Roger Baalman, Jennifer Jae Coast, Michael Ziemann
  • Structural Engineer

    Robert Silman Associates
  • Contractor

    Elk Ridge Builders & Design
  • Cad/Cam Consultant

    Tietz-Baccon Design and Fabrication
  • Area

    5200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

From the architect. The challenge of this student center for the University of Wyoming’s College of Education was to transform two non-descript and ill-defined open floor areas, crossed with circulation, into places that one the one hand would be effective student lounges, and on the other inspire curiosity about the built environment. Each floor consists of a student lounge distinguished from circulation by a cnc milled bamboo plywood screen.

© Michael Moran Studio
© Michael Moran Studio

The pattern of the screen was produced by a computer script which has no repeats across the entire surface. Each panel has the same percentage of porosity with a variety of scale of openings to allow for glimpses between those circulating around the perimeter and those seated in the lounge. The overall design is based on combining two academic building types. One is the picture gallery—the outer perimeter of the circulation contains a series of photographs about the College of Education linked by a stainless steel datum—the second is a cloister with courtyard. Where the courtyard typically has a garden, here the central focus is a 900 sq ft topographic model of Wyoming, which extends vertically between the two floors.

© Michael Moran Studio
© Michael Moran Studio

On the model, north is to the right to match actual north in the space, and therefore west is up coordinating with the setting of the sun through the skylight above. The model is both abstract and highly detailed, and the rotation out a conventional orientation makes the model somewhat unfamiliar at first glance.

© Michael Moran Studio
© Michael Moran Studio

The model was fabricated by cnc milling machines based on 200’ contours. It is up to 14” thick with 40 panels weighing between 200 and 400lbs. The walnut structure that supports the bamboo panels also sponsors a horizontal stainless steel chandelier with resin pedals, which also links to the guard rail of the upper level and extends out toward the front door. The project is an integrated, crafted sequence of skins and armatures encouraging social interaction.

© Michael Moran Studio
© Michael Moran Studio
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Kelly Eastes · April 04, 2012

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tietz-baccon · June 01, 2011
Nicholas Patten · May 31, 2011

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tmsas · May 31, 2011

I really like the light washed mountain wall. I just want to rip those cheesy network things off the ceiling though. They ruin the space in my opinion.

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hj · May 30, 2011

Is it just me or are they overdoing it a bit? LTL also seems to use this kind of randomly placed small openings/lights in basically every project.

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