New KU addition inspires architects-in-training

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — An auditorium that was designed by architects-in-training at the University of Kansas has opened on the Lawrence campus.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the first lecture was conducted Friday at the Forum at Marvin Hall. The School of Architecture, Design and Planning is housed inside the hall, which previously didn’t have an auditorium. Lecture classes took place across the campus.

The privately funded addition was a project of Studio 804, a not-for-profit corporation and a design/build class.

The auditorium features exterior walls that are made of glass, with a naturally ventilated facade using cedar louvers. The addition’s new roof is supported by timber-frame trusses, as is used in the original building. At the back of the room is a green wall of live plants.



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