Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology & the Ancient World

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Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology & the Ancient World | Notes of Interest

The Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World completely reinvents Rhode Island Hall, a historic Greek Revival building at the center of the Brown University campus. It is an endowed institute, serving the Brown community with teaching, research, fieldwork, and classroom studies for both graduates and undergraduates.

This project restores Rhode Island Hall's exterior, and entirely renovates its interior. The extensive spatial and structural reconfiguration allows us to reconsider the ways that daylight was delivered throughout the project. Translucency of both glass and wood creates varying levels of transparency and daylight between program spaces, encouraging a more interactive dialogue between faculty and student.

The contemporary intervention within this historic shell challenges the notion of archaeology as a conservative and dusty pursuit, and supports the mission of the Joukowsky Institute as a progressive leader in the field of archaeology. The transformation of Rhode Island Hall as the home for the new Joukowsky Institute is a significant part of Brown's new Plan for Academic Enrichment.

The project is a leading example of the University's approach to reanimating its historic building fabric and also demonstrates its commitment to sustainability. Rhode Island Hall is the first building at Brown to be certified LEED Gold for New Construction.

Additional Credit

Engineer: RDK Engineers; Richmond So Engineering; GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc.
General Contractor: Shawmut Design & Construction
Landscape: Hines Wasser & Associates
Lighting: LAM Partners, Inc.

Photo Credit

© Peter Vanderwarker

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology & the Ancient World

Jury Comments

This is an extremely intelligent and compelling project on multiple levels.

The design makes a clever reference to its archaeological interests by creating a “found” object that is both beautifully detailed and sophisticated in expression.

The effort directed at dissolving the boundaries between student and teacher is admirable and the overall project renders a fresh, dynamic interior intervention that is both innovative and beautifully resolved.

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