Link Hall at Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York
Architect: Toshiko Mori Location: Syracuse, New York, United States
Our design for the new addition to Link Hall, which connects the existing engineering school building to the adjacent architecture school in Slocum Hall, is intended to stand in contrast to the existing buildings in both style and material. Industrial in its character, basic structure, and material, the faceted form of Link Hall expresses its program of aggregated environmental and material research. The renovated and expanded space will serve as an academic campus for the Syracuse Center for Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems, and program elements include the High Bay Testing Lab on grade, a 30 foot high laboratory for materials testing, and on the floors above, flexible student research spaces and offices.
The mineral-like form is meant to be understood as a metaphorical diamond in the rough, emphasizing the position of Link Hall as an emerging center of research study activities that will, through various collaborative research activities, increase its value.