DUKE University, USA
Grimshaw’s transformation of Duke University’s West Campus Student Union building in Durham, North Carolina, USA, is one of the eight shortlisted projects for the AJ100 Building of the Year Award 2017, organised by the Architect’s Journal. The winner of this prize will be announced in London on June 14. Grimshaw’s project comprises the careful renovation of an existing neo-gothic building, designed in the late 1920s by Julian Abele from the Horace Trumbauer office, and an expansion, which forms the core of the complex.
This central piece is an atrium made of glass, steel, and ceramic fins, manufactured by AGROB BUCHTAL, the German specialist in architectural ceramics and façade elements.