Mathematics, Computing and Engineering Center, Trinity College+ expand detail
48,000 square feet / 4,000 square meters
The Mathematics, Computing and Engineering Center stands on the southern academic quadrangle of the Trinity campus. It is a rectilinear structure, sited to define and create a new quadrangle. A long bar punctuated with end towers, the building responds to the Long Walk, a late 19th-century building by William Burges.
Four stories serve the Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science departments, and include laboratories, classrooms, seminar rooms, faculty offices and lounges. The classrooms and offices are arranged along a corridor and framed at either end by entrance pavilions. These pavilions are the functional and visual focus of public activity and campus circulation, reinforcing the corners of the quadrangle. The pavilions’ clear-glass corners express the public nature of the lounges and stairways. Although the building reinforces its architectural context, it is contemporary in function.
Faculty offices overlook the quadrangle through grouped sets of four windows surrounded by sandstone in a brick field. These windows are patterned to relate to older campus buildings. The south elevation houses classrooms and is faced with windows in deep vertical recesses that act as sun shields.
The palette of materials used for the building is at once rich and sober. These selections are a modern interpretation of existing campus architecture and respond to the building’s surroundings by capturing the essence of the Trinity campus.