LHC Structural Engineers
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NEW LIBRARY, UNC School of the Arts

Location: UNC School of the Arts,
Winston-Salem, NC
Size: 75,000 sf
Year Completed: 2014

The School of the Arts recognized the opportunity to design an architectural gem on a prime site located on the highest point on campus with vistas of the campus proper to the west and the Winston-Salem skyline to the north.   The facility was designed with transparency to maximize views and provide a connection inward for the campus community.  Campus pathways and an outdoor plaza were integrated with the project to enhance personal interactions.

The building responds to the challenging steep and wedge-shaped site with a complex massing of angled wings connected by two pedestrian bridges over a monumental plaza stair.  The building features several overhangs and cantilevered roofs.  Shading of the west facing glazed wall is accomplished with aluminum air foils mounted to a projected steel framed grid.  The building is framed with structural steel with lateral forces resisted by slip formed concrete walls around the stair towers and main elevators.

Clark Nexsen
Photography: Mark Heboth