Set on a plaza between two existing campus, the building is designed as a large ceramic vessel for holding art and light: its ceramic façade, made of un-glazed terra cotta tubes that are expressive of art objects created inside the educational institution, functions as a solar and rain screen.
Cantilevering over a glass wall, the pavilion dramatically engages campus on-lookers as a piece of ceramic art itself and allows them to see inside the exhibition gallery, thereby putting student work on public display.
The exhibition space is flexible and large to display contemporary art pieces. A mezzanine gallery overlooks the two story exhibition hall to give a bird’s eye perspective to three dimensional work. The mezzanine also connects to the immersive gallery - a black box space for the total immersive display of video and audio art forms.
Below the exhibition hall are art studios, expanded media studios, art history classrooms and support spaces.
The McGee Pavilion is designed to achieve a USGBC LEED Silver certification through control of day lighting in the galleries, TPO roofing, low consumption water fixtures and high efficiency heating ventilation and air conditioning systems - including radiant heating in the exposed concrete floors of the studios and exhibition space.
Photo credits: Ikon.5 Architects