Blue Ash Campus
University of Cincinnati
Blue Ash, OH
This classroom building is the first of a planned group of buildings facing the campus green which will define a new, formal quad and form the western entrance to the campus. Its primary entrance is a glazed, two-story commons space that serves as a window to the quad while revealing the life within the building. It also helps give the relatively small building a scale appropriate to its position on the quad.
Internally, the building is organized by efficient, double-loaded corridors with an administrative wing separated from a classroom wing by the central commons. Service spaces are centralized for efficiency and economy. The building comprises a number of spaces designed to foster interaction and increase flexibility. The two-story commons has a variety of built-in and movable lounge seating. Its second floor guardrail is designed as a series of stand-up laptop stations. There are seating niches along the classroom corridors. The largest classroom opens to both the exterior terrace and the commons to double as a multi-purpose room.
Primarily brick and metal panel materials were chosen for durability, ease of maintenance, economy and contextual appropriateness. They are also employed to add character to a modest building. Randomly projecting bricks add texture to the walls while metal surrounds define significant interior spaces and help animate the exterior of the building.