Brown Center Academic Building

Maryland Institute College of Art: Baltimore, MD

With its distinctive translucent white glass skin, the highly sculptural design of the art institute’s academic building provides a counterpoint to the classic marble facade of the school’s 1907 landmark main building. The new facility created 61,500-SF of studio, classroom, and office space for the growing art and design technology program. Architectural Record called it “quite simply the finest modern building erected in Baltimore or Washington since I.M. Pei’s East Building of the National Gallery of Art”. In addition to studio and learning spaces, the building features a fully-equipped 550-seat auditorium and four-story glass atrium. The building’s architectural plan included angled, exposed structure and an expansive curtain wall façade encompassing the entire building. JPA’s team of engineers responded to the proposed architecture by carefully and creatively integrating mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems throughout the building.

Photos © Alain Jaramillo Architectural Photography

Architect: Ziger/Snead Architects

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