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Doyle Hall

Austin, Texas

Description

The Doyle Hall renovation and new classrooms wing at St. Edward’s University creates a welcoming space from an unused lot. Parallel wings of faculty offices define a courtyard serviced by a new café in the former chapel. Now, students and faculty can mingle and have coffee beneath a centuries-old oak tree.

 

The new classrooms wing takes cues from the adjacent 1950s building. Exposed concrete bays and wall panels create both a visual and physical link between the two structures.

 

“The new wing recasts elements of the old building in an elegant contemporary idiom, a gesture that’s at once compliment and complement.” – Marc Kristal, Metropolis

 

The design deploys a “stealth architecture” that works to bind the existing elements together. This allows them to be seen and used in a new way.

 

Architect: Specht Harpman
Landscape Architect: Sasaki Associates
Contractor: VRW Construction
Photographer: Taggart Sorensen

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