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Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics, Brown University / Architecture Research Office

  • 01:00 - 11 January, 2012
Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics, Brown University / Architecture Research Office
Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics, Brown University / Architecture Research Office, © Michael Moran
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  • Location

    Providence, RI, USA
  • Project Team

    Stephen Cassell, Principal; Kim Yao, Associate/Principal; Neil Patel, Project Manager; Gustavo Colmenares
  • Project Area

    18.100 sqf (GSF)
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

From the architect. New York-based firm Architecture Research Office (ARO) recently completed the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics, or ICERM at Brown University. The facility is the newest of eight National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Research Institutes, and is the only one located in New England. ICERM’s mission is to expand the use of computational and experimental methods in mathematics, to support theoretical advances related to computation, and to address problems posed by the existence and use of the computer through mathematical tools, research and innovation. A venue for workshops and symposia year-round, ICERM also hosts several resident mathematicians for periods of a few weeks up to a semester.

© Michael Moran
© Michael Moran

With seating for 104 people and featuring views of downtown Providence on three sides, the Lecture Hall is the heart of ICERM and home to its workshops and symposia. It is equipped with Echo360 lecture-capture technology to enable easy audio and video recording of events as well as live-streaming to the Web. The Lecture Hall’s fourth wall is a writable surface of translucent glass panels inset with two suspended projection screens. This wide, floor-to-ceiling surface, actually a double layer of glass, allows daylight to filter into ICERM’s central lounge, where mathematicians also write on it. The cavity between the wall’s two layers can be illuminated to produce a luminous, iconic connection between the Lecture Hall and ICERM’s lobby.

© Michael Moran
© Michael Moran

To reduce costs and shorten the construction schedule, much of the existing partitions and layout are preserved. The design provides as much natural light as possible to interior public spaces. Chalkboards or whiteboards run throughout ICERM’s private offices and public spaces, while selected furniture pieces maximize opportunities for group collaboration. Conference rooms are equipped with Smartboard and video-teleconference technology that support collaborative events both within and beyond the Institute’s physical space. ARO’s design resolves a technical challenge of an appropriate balance between the level of technology required for an institution of this caliber and the quality of work environment necessary for mathematicians to do their best work.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan


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Oliviero Capone · January 24, 2012

Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics, Brown University / Architecture... http://t.co/HwMzaFDI #architecture

Ryan McCuaig · January 14, 2012

Mathematicians appear to really, really like chalk. http://t.co/GuRsuAR0

Dan Hill · January 14, 2012

Beautiful semi-translucent two-sided glass whiteboard, for conveying blurry reverse maths through to your lobby http://t.co/wRS6nbDx

ICERM · January 13, 2012

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Felipe Hermosilla · January 13, 2012

#ARQ Así quiero ver a @wayaxchile este año http://t.co/ReXe4pX6 Todo empieza por una puerta de cocina para anotar recados.... al estrellato.

pabloignaciofigueroa · January 13, 2012

#ARQ Así quiero ver a @wayaxchile este año http://t.co/ReXe4pX6 Todo empieza por una puerta de cocina para anotar recados.... al estrellato.

Elizabeth · January 12, 2012

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