The New School of Architecture at the University of Miami
The New School of Architecture at the University of Miami – Arquitectonia extends its long-standing commitment to the School of Architecture of the University of Miami with this brand-new design that serves as a laboratory and collaborative space for the next generation of architects.
This international firm came up with the design of the “Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building”, the new 20,000 square-foot LEED-certified studio located in the University of Miami’s campus in Coral Gables, Florida, southeast of Downtown Miami. It is dedicated to Thomas P. Murphy Senior, who is the father of the founder of Coastal Construction, the local construction company that built this modern project. It is meant to be as an oversized shed with a vaulted roof suspended by narrow steel columns and a few fixed walls that extend far out to form a covered patio alongside floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s important to know that this was designed considering the Miami’s hot and wet weather, and its glass facade includes hurricane-resistant panels.
The undulating roof warps over the southernmost point of the building, to shade the interior from direct sunlight so that no artificial lights are necessary during the day.
The open plan studio space can accommodate a variety of desk configurations ranging from 90 to 130 workstations. There is also an informal lobby that continues as a nave-like space running through the studios. Those on the south side of the circulation passage have direct access to the outdoor work area. Red fabric curtains are used to close off a portion to create a more intimate space in the jury areas, while glass and panels are used for seminar and meeting spaces and concrete for the fabrication lab.
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