This is a design proposal for a new Faculty Club on the University of Oregon campus. The site is at the center of the campus directly opposite the student union and an outdoor amphitheater, bringing increased activity to the heart of the UO campus. This design began by analyzing the circulation patterns of people across the site. Following habitual paths created by students and faculty as they cut across the site, the form of the building was directly influenced by the inhabitant movement patterns. The building's form was created by carving out a large block. Paths were cut through the building, following the people's movement, while balconies and terraces were carved out leaving a simple frame to define the original volume. This frame is then given additional function by supporting a trellis of planted vines, making a valuable sunscreen in the summer while becoming permeable to the sun's warmth as the deciduous plants shed leaves in the cold seasons.
The interior of the building is organized around the angular path cutting the building in half. The front section, facing the amphitheater houses the public functions – cafe, meeting rooms, lobby, and bar. The back half of the building becomes a private, professors only facility offering them a quiet retreat from the busy campus and the demands of students. Here a faculty restaurant, library, event space and visiting professor apartments are located. Thee facade treatments echos the dichotomy between the two halves of the building. Brick walls cover the side facing the campus, thus blending in with the existing architecture. The back, private, area faces a quiet tree filled quad and thus the facade dissolves into a glass curtain protected by an elaborate wood screen system. The interior sees a pervasive use of thermal mass, regulating temperature fluctuations while rooftop solar panels generate energy. The wood screens prevent solar heat gain in the summer heat and planted roofs slow storm water runoff and increase the insulation of the building.