Thursday, March 27, 2008

Philosophy Department's New Home

If you haven't already been to see the renovated space at 3-5 Washington Place designed by Steven Holl Architects, you must check it out. The space houses a 120-seat University lecture hall on the ground floor, and the Philosophy Department on the upper floors, with offices for faculty and graduate students, administrative space, and seminar rooms. Architectural features include a "Tower of Light" interior staircase that vertically unites the six floors to facilitate collaboration and interaction among faculty and students, and varying effects of shadow and light, which echo Ludwig Wittgenstein's book, Remarks on Colour. Below are some photos from a recent celebration of the Philosophy Department's new home.

President John Sexton and Steven Holl (architect) with a copy of Ludwig Wittgenstein's book



Staircase from above



From left to right: President John Sexton, Stephen Schiffer (chair of the philosophy dept), Steven Holl (architect), Dean Richard Foley



Staircase


From left to right: Dean Richard Foley, Steven Holl, President John Sexton


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