SENIOR THESIS: SEIGFRED HALL RENOVATION

The gallery below showcases Donivan’s senior thesis project. The focus of the project is Seigred Hall, which houses the School of Art at Ohio University.

Built in 1962, Seigfred Hall, a 120,000 square foot structure was the largest arts building in the United States at the time.  Two features of the building are the Ohio University Art Gallery and The L.C. Mitchell Auditorium that both play host to nationally and internationally known artists as well as the outstanding visiting artist program.  Seigfred Hall also contains classrooms, gallery spaces, a letterpress printing facility, specialized studios for each program of study, dark rooms, and offices for faculty.

Since the time of its completion the building has seen very little change.  The spaces that were once considered avant-garde have fallen into a static state that does not foster creativity and innovation in the classroom, cannot manage growing enrollment sizes, and has trouble competing with other universities.

The Seigfred Hall Renovation is designed to embrace the ideas of community, creativity, and collaboration. At the heart of the learning community is a four-story atrium, open to its surroundings through the employment of a glass curtain wall.  The design connects the student body, the public, and surrounding spaces through a network of interlocked arteries, intended as pathways for interaction and collaboration.  Site improvements to help facilitate engagement are a café, social gathering spaces, private learning niches, and an annex to provide the School of Art with an additional 25,000 square feet to accommodate future growth.

 

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