LMN Architects’ new Classroom Building at UC Santa Barbara is the first in over 50 years


Seattle-based LMN ArchitectsClassroom Building unveiled the design and announced the start of construction on its 90,000-square-foot UCSB at the University of California at Santa Barbara (campus). The new structure is located in the Library Mall on the 708 acre Main Street of the University33 and is the first classroom building to have been constructed at UCSB since 1967. Upon completion, the campus' classroom capacity will be increased by an astonishing 35 percent. The four-story new building will offer 2,000 new seats in five large lecture halls, three actively learning-oriented rooms with “flat floors” and 20 flexible classrooms.

The UCSB campus on the Pacific coast, which is technically not part of the city of Santa Barbara, was founded in the 1950s and 1960s by Pereira & Luckman (and later only Charles Luckman,after separating from William Pereira), although a number of other architects have designed both older and contemporary landmarks across the campus. These include: Clark & ​​Morgan (Storke Tower, 1969); Moore Lyndon Turnbull Whitaker Architects (the Faculty Club, 1968, was expanded and renovated by MRY in 2018); EHDD (Ocean Science Building, 2011); and Pfieffer Partners ( renovation / expansion of the Davidson Library , 2016). In spring 2017, a sprawling student residence, San Joaquin Villages, on the north campus of UCSB with buildings designed by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (debuted), Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (LOHA) and Kevin Daly Architects (SOM). Pereira & Luckmans more influential,but the often overlooked standard campus plan for UCSB was the subject of an KDA UCSB campus architecture: design and social change 2019 exhibition titled A central paseo serves as a connecting thread for the new classroom hub and the surrounding buildings. (Courtesy of LMN Architects).

exterior rendering of a planned classroom building at UCSB As LMN elaborates in an

, the new classroom building is “designed as a porous structure that opens on all sides to welcome the university community and the life of the building with the surrounding campus and intertwine with the spectacular natural surroundings. “The large building consists of two main volumes flanking an open-air corridor running from east to west.which, according to the architects, “combines the functions of the masses of the two buildings and includes outdoor terraces, stairs, bridges, and collaboration spaces designed to encourage casual interactions and collaboration between students and teachers. “news release There are two different“ expressive features ”outside and inside the classroom building. The outward-facing facade is clad with high-performance concrete slabs and vertical windows that define the “building mass as clear frame elements along the adjacent campus areas of the Library Mall and the Pardall Mall”. The exterior, facing the public interiors of the building, will take on a “radically different form”, with a “loose, organic formal language,which is driven by the efficient planning of the lecture halls inside, “says the company.” The resulting formal and material properties of these rooms are inspired by the local folk architecture and the adjacent cliffs by the sea and are reminiscent of the sedimentary sandstone in its curvilinear, polished concrete block walls. ”

The 159,000 square meter site is located next to the main library of UCSB. (Courtesy of LMN Architects)

aerial rendering of a planned classroom building at UCSB “Together with the management of the university, we envisioned a building and surrounding public spaces that are open and inviting,” explained Stephen Van Dyck, partner at LMN Architects. “The construction site and the design of the building are an important step towards the goals of the university’s long-range development plan.They envisage the possible expansion of the Library Mall to the south and the expansion of the Pardall Mall to the east. Ultimately, several of the most important common buildings on the campus will connect along these large public spaces. “

The LMN project team and UCSB Design & Construction Services include CW Driver (project contractor), Saiful Bouquet, Inc. (civil engineer), Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. (civil engineer), and Arcadia Studio, Inc. (landscape architect). , Integral Group (MEP, Lighting and Sustainability) and others. As the UCSB is known for its bicycle infrastructure

, Fehr & Peers acts as a committed bicycle planner for the project. The work on the classroom building is expected to be completed in 2023. (civil engineer),Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. (civil engineer), Arcadia Studio, Inc. (landscape architect), Integral Group (MEP, lighting and sustainability) and others. As the UCSB is known for its bicycle infrastructure