University of Virginia – Campbell Hall
The University of Virginia Campbell Hall additions are a joint venture between academia and practice. SMBW collaborated with design faculty to create two additions to the School of Architecture. A goal of the Dean and faculty was for the additions to serve as a pedagogical resource to inform students of design which embraces knowledge of place, the use of local materials and building traditions, and the role of technology in design. | The East Addition is dedicated to the exhibition and discussion of student work. The design makes this critical aspect of architectural education visible to all who pass by. The building is thin in plan with two long, opposing walls dedicated to display. The south wall is solid and opaque. The north wall, in contrast, is a collage of both translucent and clear glass to allow passers-by glimpses of reviews in progress; it is the public side of the building that identifies the School of Architecture. This wall is activated by rotating panels on vertical pivots and a counter weighted table whose underside is a pin-up surface. | The South Addition is a slender bar of faculty offices and seminar rooms that open directly onto the design studios. The placement of alternating exterior “porches” and interior anterooms allows spaces for unscripted student and faculty interaction. Operable glass louvers cover the exterior porches; the first US installation for British photo voltaic cell technology. When the PVC arrays are applied to the glass blades the louver system will generate electric power for the building.