AIA Publications: 2004 Annual Design Awards Competition Gallery
UW-Madison School of Pharmacy – Rennebohm Hall
Perkins & Will, Chicago, Illinois, Potter Lawson, Inc., Madison, Wisconsin
State of Wisconsin, Division of
State Facilities, Madison, Wisconsin
Kraemer Brothers LLC, Plain,
The design of this 214,000-square-foot university
education and basic research facility succeeds both functionally and symbolically.
Its geometries are a remarkable synthesis of three major elements, including a
two-story base containing student activity spaces, a research laboratory tower,
and a library. The buildings exterior dramatizes its internal functions.
For example, a grid of punched openings in solid masonry reflects the modular
nature of the enclosed laboratories. Symbolically, Rennebohm Hall demonstrates
the increasing importance of the pharmacy profession to interdisciplinary health
care research, teaching and practice.
The building program
is very well translated into the material, palette, expression, scale, language
and exterior of the building. This results in beautiful amalgams of massing forms,
which seem entirely appropriate to this half-campus, half-scientific research
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