University of Maryland, Baltimore, Health Sciences Facility III 259
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
The Health Sciences Facility III is centrally
On the building’s southern face, the massing
A carefully planned network of campus green
located among the University of Maryland’s
transitions to an outdoor plaza. A “porous”
spaces and courtyards creates an “emerald
medicine, dentistry and pharmacy schools.
massing of ofﬁces allows views into the
necklace” that uniﬁes these spaces and the
Both the site plan and building design
building through the adjacent atrium. An
buildings. Exterior plazas are designed as
encourage collaboration within this new
additional north-to-south building mass faces
extensions of major interior spaces, with
facility, which will advance UMB’s position as a
the school of medicine to accommodate
transparent materials on the edges blurring
leader in academic research.
future campus growth to the north.
boundaries between the two.
The program includes wet and dry research
The design follows university and city design
Connecting bridges span the central atrium at
labs on typical ﬂoors and imaging laboratories
guidelines by expressing a base, middle and
different levels to bring together researchers
in the basement. Collaboration areas are
top to the buildings. Durable materials appear
and faculty members. This atrium aligns with
located throughout the facility.
along the lowest portion of the structure,
atria within the adjoining schools of medicine,
where the building meets the ground. Middle
dentistry and pharmacy, encouraging
A lab block oriented east to west steps down
portions of buildings are strongly articulated,
collaborative meetings of researchers, faculty
along the street to one-level, pedestrian-scale
with few massing variations. The top steps
members and community residents.
massing elements. Materials, textures and
back to allow the massing to meet the sky.
elements like seating and planters combine to make the building feel welcoming to users and passersby.
◄ street view
2014 design annual
434,900 sq. ft. / 40,400 sq. m.
Published on Sep 3, 2014
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