"Steven Holl Architects has just unveiled its preliminary concept design for a new Doctorate’s Building for the Schools of Law and Economic Sciences at the National University of Colombia in Bogotá. Holl and his partner, Chris McVoy (with whom he is collaborating on the project), say the 70,000-square-foot, two-story building is intended to re-energize the original campus master plan and encourage social connections. (...)
U-shaped in plan, the Doctorate’s Building—which will contain offices, laboratory space, classrooms, study rooms, a café, and extensive social spaces such as shaded terraces—rises in section at a main gathering space. From its 600-seat auditorium, the roof swoops up, “shaping a campus gatelike pergola,” say the architects. Its south arm will rise up to a cantilevered restaurant and roof terraces with mountain views, while the north arm will turn down into the landscape and open into a water garden. Made of white high performance fiber-reinforced concrete, which a structural engineer on the university’s faculty is developing, the building will also incorporate local woods and Bogotá stone."