Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture. Bernard Tschumi. Miami. 2003

Bernard Tschumi,

Miami, USA,

Residences, University,

Bernard Tschumi designed his complex for Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture in Miami with a specific goal in mind: creating a place where students, professors and visitors can gather and mingle, encouraging interpersonal relationships in the school.

Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture. Bernard Tschumi. Miami. 2003 This is why the school of architecture is designed like a small town, with separate buildings for different functions interacting with one another around a courtyard between two of the four buildings.
The total surface area is about 9500 square metres, including classrooms, laboratories, studies and public spaces such as the auditorium, the exhibition hall, a coffee shop and a covered patio. And to complete the school, administrative offices and residences for more than 370 students.

Two of the buildings have a very simple look characterised by linear design and white walls; the other two are smaller in size, with broken lines, a more dynamic appearance and strong colours such as the red and yellow of the ceramic tiles. The red building includes a 200 seat auditorium and a public terrace, while the yellow building includes the library and exhibition hall.
All these spaces are linked by pedestrian zones and overhead walkways in the architect¿s design, establishing balance and unity among the coloured and white buildings. But it is the two coloured buildings that define the image of the complex, thanks primarily to their use of colours, textures and hues ranging from yellow to orange, red and bordeaux. The brightness and colourfulness of their surfaces is associated with strictly geometric but dynamic shapes inviting passers-by to come inside and discover their interiors, encouraging people to get together in common areas.
Bernard Tschumi has once again confirmed his awareness of innovation and his highly personal vision of architecture, which he sees as the result of careful reflection on people's relationships with space and with one another. This is demonstrated by the importance he assigns to the distribution of functions, to their differentiation through choice of materials and colours, and to definition of spaces that will generate relationships.

Laura della Badia

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