EAST ASIAN ACADEMIC CENTER

Location: Berkeley, California
Design Critic: Renee Chow
Duration: 13 weeks

CONCEPT

Dwinelle Hall is a typical, confused campus building. It incorporates offices and classrooms into a consistent blend of double-loaded corridor chaos, misleading freshmen, graduate students, and faculty alike. A campus building should be enjoyable to occupy, and should provide a level of clarity in the way it is organized and integrated with the rest of the campus. My project offers clear directionality. Five Vierendeel trusses organize program, structure, and provide separation for the combined Institute of East Asian Studies and the East Asian Studies Department at UC Berkeley. Natural light is captured by reflective light wells and whitewashed walls. High ceilings and unique structural elements result in celebrated transparency.