Commercial Architecture February 2018 - 18
Above. Pippenger Hall's formal structure and glass façade metaphorically recall the openings in coral
stone, creating a porous vessel that allows sunlight and landscaping to penetrate deep within the structure's core. Shown is a typical seminar room.
Left. Active learning spaces include a trading room, community room, break rooms, and classrooms.
Shown is the cantilevered computer lab.
Below. The building applies common sense and technical approaches to sustainable design, including
the fabrication of furniture from live oak trees found on the site and the use of Forest Stewardship Council
openings in coral stone, creating a porous vessel that allows sunlight and landscaping to
penetrate deep within the structure's core. Additionally, the pocked surface of these ancient stones inspired a rich, spatial interrelationship of rooms that promote collaborative
learning and serendipity. Like coral stone, portions of the building are removed to reveal
voids filled with light and life.
The building's surface, like that of the stone, is made up of circular openings. The glass
façade is composed of a ceramic fritted first pane that is double run with dual-toned circular patterning and a second pane that is reflective one-way-mirror glass that allows views
out while reflecting the patterned ceramic coating of the first pane outward. The result is
a glass surface that presents a three-dimensional quality or a shadowed depth that belies its
"From the simplest of regional materials is a strong compositional organization around a
commons and garden and a strikingly expressive glass façade that creates a recognizable home
for the College of Business that builds identity and community," said Joseph Tattoni, FAIA,
The home for the Kate Tiedemann College of Business is designed to meet the needs of
today's business-school students. A light-filled central commons and an adjacent Scholars'
Garden support casual learning and encourage productive collisions between students and
faculty as they move through the building. The multistory commons and Scholar's Garden are
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