Physics & Astronomy Building, University of Washington
The Physics and Astronomy Building at the University of Washington includes laboratories, faculty and administrative offices, classrooms, four auditoria, a planetarium and a library. The complex consists of three buildings, linked by a basement platform and positioned to form a semi-enclosed courtyard.
The building forms and details are designed to reference the University of Washington’s campus and building traditions. Textured, multi-colored brick with cast stone accents and copper panels enclose the dynamic building forms.
Physical and astronomical elements are incorporated throughout the design, from a Foucault pendulum in the lobby to crystal formations and atomic grid patterns in patterned glass and tile throughout the structure.
Design Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Senior Designer: J Bunton