Claremont McKenna College’s new 144,000 square-foot Roberts Pavilion dramatically redefines what a college athletic venue can be. An iconic social hub that brings students and faculty together, it demarks a new gateway for the campus while reacting to the push and pull of surrounding buildings, playing fields, and aquatic center.
A sensuous, sculptural, even athletic form was used to suggest the College’s ambitious forward-looking outlook, as well as its function as a center of recreation and wellness. A sculpture by artist Chris Burden, installed after his death, sits just outside on the building’s plaza.
Though its taut form and terra cotta panels create a unified exterior, it is that one finds the building’s overlapping circulation elements, enhanced by a great deal of transparency, cutting loose and inviting today’s mobile students to territorialize its spaces in unforeseen ways – whether to study, exercise, or socialize.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in the lobby, whose “Character Wall” incorporates important character-building terms in the ten most commonly-used languages on campus, thereby reflecting the global outlook of the College and the creative search common to all academic ventures.
Architects: John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects
Location: California, United States
Architect in Charge: John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects
Manufacturers: Rockfon, Caesarstone, Plyboo, Arcadia, Armstrong, Koroseal
General Contractor: PCL
Structural Engineer and Building Envelope Consultant: SGH
MEP and Sustainability Engineer: Buro Happold
Lighting Designer: KGM Architectural Lighting
Civil Engineer: PSOMAS
Landscape Architect: LINK Landscape Architecture
Technology, AV, IT, Acoustics: Waveguide
Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment (FF&E): Neiman Studio
Specifications: Yagade Consulting, Inc
Environmental Graphics: 49 Degrees
Photographs: Fotoworks/Benny Chan