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  • Pillsbury Hall Revisited
    Illustrative Narrative
    of Interior Renovation Potential
    Interior Architecture Vision
    Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd
    Maryland and Minnesota
    Historic Renovation
    MacDonald Mack Architects
    Minnesota
  • Old/New Engagements
    The exterior of Pillsbury Hall and the English Department’s programs proposed to move into it as part of a needed remodeling, provides an extraordinary opportunity for a unique and progressive approach to its design. We propose a dramatic and innovative series of interior spaces and amenities, not as imitative or even derivative expressions , but as inspired, high performing, and complementary features that affirm the future while honoring the past.
  • Convergent and Overarching Themes
    Literary Culture and Visual/Material Culture share a creative and critical history, that can provide and enlarge meaning, when consciously engaged in a common place.
    Illumination can be both an intellectual/psychic state of mind and a material/physical state of existence. When they serve each other metaphorically and literally they can heighten and expand awareness and discovery.
    Repurposing places with historic significance can be an awakening of original value and a discoveryof new possibilities. Distinguishing but associating the old and the new promises greater integrity and value to each.
  • Illumination
    1 a: to enlighten spiritually and intellectually, b: to supply or brighten with light
    Complement: Solid, Fixed, andSculpted Pillsbury Hall with Luminescent, Dynamic and Layered New
    Responsive, Performing, Engaging Windows, Light Shelves, and Shutters
    Translucent, Refined, Accessible Bookshelves and Standards
    Dynamic, Mysterious, Incremental Stairs and Structure
  • Opaque enclosures block all natural daylight
    Window Features: Full Shuttered
  • Multiple levels of operability allow for unique customization of quality day lighting.
    Window Features: 25% open
  • Light shelf bounces high level light for reflection off ceiling surface and results in even ambient lighting
    Opaque shutters fully open
    Translucent shutters filter direct sunlight
    Window Features: 50% open
  • Exterior light shelf unfolds to maximize reflective light shelf surface
    Window Features: 75% open
  • Opening entire shutter apparatus allows maximum exposure to daylight.
    Window Features: Full Open
  • Section Views through Pillsbury Hall to Expose New Rooms Inside
    Section Picture Plane AA
    Section Picture Plane BB
  • Cupola
    Lounge
    Heritage/Reception
    Room
    Tilted
    Spiral Stair
    Study/Reading Room
    Section Perspective AA: Looking East
  • Attic
    Performance/Classrooms
    Tilted
    Spiral Stair
    Section Perspective AA: Looking East
  • Ascending Spiral Stair
    From bottom to top the new stair should tilt away from its nested center toward the attic spaces of assembly, sharing and engagement, leaving the cupola available for a special use.
    Materials should promote translucency and kinetic experience with diverse insights.
    The material surfaces and details provide many opportunities for collaborations with language and visual text.
    The special attributes of the new CupolaRoom provides another feature merging prophetic and historic significance.
  • Cupola Lounge
    Tilted
    Spiral Stair
    Perforated
    Structural
    Steel Column
    Steel Risers
    with Translucent
    Glass Treads
  • This room will be the primary study, lounge and gathering place for students in the English Department. Wrapping this room with a translucent and illuminated shelving and cabinetry (lights are embedded within the standards) that holds special texts and objects, is a conscious effort to embody the aspirations of linking literary and material culture.
    The “intelligent” and responsive window treatments and digitally linked and balanced lighting will permit a wide range of alternative venues, and do so while dramatically improving the energy performance, appearance and comfort of the spaces.
    Study, Lounge and Reading Room
  • Heritage/Reception Room
    • A new completely flexible and responsive heritage and reception room area at the upper floor can be created by cutting and integrating the original steel columns into a truss system of steel tension rods and compressive beams.
    • Flexible and diverse furniture will permit wide and dynamic use of the space.
    • A transformable private reading or presentation room is created in the Northwest corner of the Library with a separate entrance.
  • Attic
    • The new reading, classroom and assembly spaces of the attic will provide opportunities for large scale (up to 299 if two are joined) and more intimate (12-20) readings and gatherings.
    • The central hall links two new exit stairs (spiral tower stair and one at the west end of the hall, about where the exiting is) so that it can function in a flexible manner for diverse functions.
    • The high ceilings and striking features (gable end on south and eyebrow dormer on north) are featured in these special attic spaces.
  • Attic
    • The new reading, classroom and assembly spaces of the attic will provide opportunities for large scale (up to 299 if two are joined) and more intimate (12-20) readings and gatherings.
    • The central hall links two new exit stairs (spiral tower stair and one at the west end of the hall, about where the exiting is) so that it can function in a flexible manner for diverse functions.
    • The high ceilings and striking features (gable end on south and eyebrow dormer on north) are featured in these special attic spaces.
  • 2nd Floor
    Study, Lounge
    Reading Room
    New Stair
  • 3rd Floor
    Heritage Room
    New Stair
  • Attic Floor
    Large Performance Space
    New Stair
    With Cupola
    Lounge above
    Small Assembly
    Medium Assembly
    (eyebrow feature)