Fluke Hall University, Washington’s Architecture and Design
Architecture & Design – Fluke Hall University
Fluke Hall is a technology transfer facility architecturally designed to accelerate the spread of research from the laboratory to the marketplace by bringing together scientists from academia and industry in disciplines ranging from microbiology to microelectronics.
This commercial architecture is a 72,9 10-square-foot building that sits on the east edge of the campus on a site that is both flat and steeply sloping. Existing buildings along this edge are somewhat industrial in character; those above the slope are predominantly brick Collegiate Gothic. The architect’s goal: to accommodate a broad, unpredictable spectrum of research needs while visually bridging two distinct architectural vocabularies.
Construction and Materials
The exterior of west wing is characterised by brickwork and roof elements consistent with the traditional campus. This wing, articulated to represent the permanent functional spaces inside, houses offices, meeting rooms, and locker rooms. The mechanical penthouses on top of the wing are separated by a glass conference pavilion that breaks the building’s orthogonal geometry and preserves upper campus vistas of the Cascade Mountains. The pitched roofs of the penthouses screen the large, flat roof of the research bays from the Faculty Club above.
You can see the whole campus map of Fluke Hall as that will give you rough idea about this place infrastructure and design.
The east wing of Fluke Hall, clad in corrugated metal panels with stainless steel fasteners, communicates the flexible, expandable nature of its laboratory functions. The open, high-bay labs have exposed overhead utilities for easy access and dedicated pathways for exiting. The design arch wing may be expanded to the south and to the east. A concrete circulation spine, extending to the full height of the building, joins the two wings and allows a free flow of people and services.