Cultural, Ethnic & Gender/Women’s Studies Center
Moody Nolan, with Tilton, Kelly + Bell as program consultant, was commissioned to provide a comprehensive feasibility study and development plan for a new cultural, ethnic and gender/women’s studies center at the University of Illinois. The consolidated facility will house 12 cultural centers and academic/campus life departments. Reflecting its multiple uses, the center will be layered from public to private spaces with a large, flexible lobby, classrooms and multi-purpose rooms on the ground floor; a social lounge and the cultural centers on the middle floors; and quieter, more private spaces on the upper levels.
As conceived by Moody Nolan, the building will be organized by a series of interlocking spaces which weave together the different program elements. This interlocking is also expressed on the building exterior as a series of projecting bays that provide expansive views of the campus. Each bay identifies a cultural center or academic unit. Outdoor terraces at the second and fifth floors provide flexible social spaces and several of the projecting bays include balconies overlooking the campus. There is a vegetated green roof that will provide habitat for a wide variety of birds and butterflies as well as keep the roof cool.