Lee Hall College of Architecture
by Thomas Phifer and Partners

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Double-height studios bring art and architecture students together in the new college of architecture at Clemson University, South Carolina, by New York office Thomas Phifer and Partners (+ slideshow).

Clemson University, Lee Hall College of Architecture by Thomas Phifer and Partners

Lee Hall College of Architecture accommodates students from 12 different degree programmes across the departments of art, architecture, construction science and landscape architecture at Clemson University.

Clemson University, Lee Hall College of Architecture by Thomas Phifer and Partners

Thomas Phifer and Partners designed the building as a place where students on different courses can see into each other's studios and share some of their workspaces, intended to increase "cross pollination" between disciplines.

Clemson University, Lee Hall College of Architecture by Thomas Phifer and Partners

"The process of making this work is such a celebratory testament to the collaborative spirit in architecture," said Thomas Phifer. "These are the very principles that form the foundation for interdisciplinary learning at Lee Hall."

Clemson University, Lee Hall College of Architecture by Thomas Phifer and Partners

Rooms on the ground floor feature glazed partitions to afford views from one area of the building to another. A sequence of first floor mezzanines are suspended above, where students and tutors can observe the activities below, plus more glazed studios are sandwiched between.

Clemson University, Lee Hall College of Architecture by Thomas Phifer and Partners

Huge doughnut-shaped skylights direct natural light into the double-height spaces, while glazed elevations to the north and south offer views out across the campus.

Clemson University, Lee Hall College of Architecture by Thomas Phifer and Partners

A terrace is positioned to the north of the building to provide a place where students can build large-scale models.

Clemson University, Lee Hall College of Architecture by Thomas Phifer and Partners

Lee Hall was one of 28 projects to receive an Institute Honor Award from the AIA earlier this year. Other projects recognised included another university building designed by OMA and a mile-long urban park by BIG. See all 28 winners of the Institute Honor Awards.

Clemson University, Lee Hall College of Architecture by Thomas Phifer and Partners

Other university buildings to complete in recent years include the factory-like Dyson Building at the Royal College of Art in London and the X-shaped scientific research centre at the Australian National University in Canberra. See more universities on Dezeen.

Photography is by Scott Frances.

Here's some more inforamtion from the Thomas Phifer and Partners:


Clemson University, Lee Hall College of Architecture

Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains in upstate South Carolina, the addition to the Lee Hall College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities at Clemson University is carefully sited adjacent to a green belt of open spaces that runs through the center of campus.

Clemson University, Lee Hall College of Architecture by Thomas Phifer and Partners

Above: ground floor plan - click for larger image

An ultra-energy efficient building, the 55,000 sf addition was conceived to accommodate the expanding needs of the college which includes 12 professional degree programs in the 4 departments of Art, Architecture, Construction Science + Management, and Planning + Landscape Architecture.

We discovered early in the design process that all programs form a close community with a rich culture of collaboration. To cultivate this sense of community within the new addition, program elements are intermingled to generate an environment for "cross pollination" between programs and disciplines through adjacency, allowing students to learn from other students and faculty though informal creative exchanges.

Proximity and transparency are supported with carefully detailed glazing between interior program elements. Transparency is also employed on the exterior facades to blur the line between the natural world and the interior environment. This connection to the exterior is enhanced through operable and motorized windows which are opened when exterior conditions permit. The exterior space to the north of the Lee Hall addition is carefully proportioned and intentionally flexible to foster full scale fabrications.

Clemson University, Lee Hall College of Architecture by Thomas Phifer and Partners

Above: first floor plan - click for larger image

Location: Clemson University Clemson, South Carolina
Date: 2011
Client: Clemson University College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities
Size: 55,000 sf
Project Team: Thomas Phifer FAIA, Eric Richey, Robert Chan Katie Bennett

Architect: Thomas Phifer and Partners
Associate Architect: McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture
Structural Engineering: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Mechanical Engineer: Talbot and Associates
Landscape Architect: Pond and Company
Civil Engineer: Dutton Engineering
Environmental Consultant: Transsolar Inc.
General Contractor: Holder Construction

  • Colonel Pancake

    Get this guy more work.

  • Marco

    Maybe the photos are extraordinarily very well staged, maybe everything is painted in impeccable textureless white, maybe the windows are specifically unreflective, but I really have a hard time believing these aren’t in fact renders.

    • peter

      April fools?

    • Hayden

      You need to train your eye better, then.

    • rob cunningham

      I think its flattering to Scott that you think they are rendered. Your perception only compliments his work…

  • Kate Schwennsen

    These aren’t renders. I “live” in this building as the chair of the school of architecture and department of landscape architecture, and I can attest to it being an exceptional building.

  • Ramervaldes

    Is this a museum space morphed into an architecture school? This building will be so soiled and dirty in ten months’ time, guaranteed! It is a big mistake to design architecture schools in minimal whiteness! Architecture students are the worst vandals and destroyers of properties. We shall see how long this building will last in pristine white and it’ll be very sad when it happens.

    • Tie

      Don’t be so pessimistic! I went to school at the Knowlton School of Architecture which has a raw and pristine aesthetic much like this project. We did everything imaginable in that building to produce work and it handled the abuse quite well. I’m sure this building will act as a blank canvas for the students’ work much in the same as Knowlton Hall.

  • http://scottfrances.com Scott Frances

    I photographed it, it’s real, as am I.

  • Bryan

    You just have to look past the concrete slab which is cracking like crazy due to poor design. Every data box in the floor has multiple cracks coming off the corners.

  • sean

    Yeah that’s true!