Rafael Vinoly Architects
MNLA integrated a distinctive, curvilinear building as a bridge between a wooded area and curated campus landscape for this project. The campus-facing plaza extends the elliptical motif of the building's architecture. The transition from concrete under the building overhang to permeable crushed bluestone in the plaza to plantings that accentuate facade colors creates a destination for students walking between classroom buildings. On the opposing facade, mature trees of the native forest are preserved, augmented by new understory trees to restore lost species diversity. The composition of tamed and wild creates a dynamic and rich addition to five acres of the campus.
MNLA's design for the plaza extends the elliptical motif of the building's architecture and accentuates the facade's materiality.