Southern Illinois University Art & Design Building Expansion
Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville
29,000 Square Feet
Citation Award, Commercial Architecture, AIA Central States
In an effort to create a unified facility for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Arts & Science, Art and Design Department's disciplines and satisfy the needs of enhanced space and expanded program, Trivers Associates was selected to program and design a new 29,000 square foot addition in conjunction with the renovation of the existing 1991 facility.
Sited directly to the west of the existing building, the addition is composed of two masses, evoking the limestone cliffs that the campus is built upon, shaped by the pedestrian flow of the student body. The addition allows for an expanded gallery, visible from the campus pedestrian walkway and sited at the terminus of the main axis of the complex, flanked on either side by art studios. This orientation denotes a clear organization and symbolizes the culmination of the artistic process for display. Furthermore, the second level drawing and painting studios with orientation to northern light, and the integration of an auditorium and lecture hall also contribute to the much needed programmatic space. With the addition absorbing much of the program shift, the existing building is reconfigured for expanded studios, critique spaces that enliven clearer circulation paths and create centralized zones for student gathering and interaction. The end result will be a facility that hopes to attract and retain the most creative minds, building upon the already strong success of SIUE's Art and Design program.