lect some money, too - private donations are expected to cover the $20 million cost ofthe addition.
This is a time of re-creation for two
large chunks of the 211-year-old campus.
And although the large new buildings in
the science complex that stretches from
Wilson Library to Peabody Hall will evoke
the Polk and McCorkle quadrangles, the
new construction in the Arts Common
may represent a departure.
UNC's two most recent building
designs, the Ackland addition and the
Global Studies Building on the western
border of the campus (some distance from
the Arts Conul10n), show an eagerness on
the part of the buildings' proprietors and a
willingness among the trustees to venture
from hip roofs and dormers straight into
the 21st century. Both were done by
nationally known architects. The Polshek
Partnership of New York designed the
overall scheme for the Arts Conml0n and
won the contract for the Ackland. (Another
nationally known firm, Michael Dennis &
'This building only works here
- a museum building that is
gateway. Context is everything.'
Chancellor James Moeser
Associates of Boston, has been given the
new music building.)
The campus master-plan designer, Ayers
Saint Gross, distinguished between what it
called "fabric" buildings (for example,
duplicated classroom buildings such as
Murphey and Saunders) and "heroic"
buildings such as Wilson Library, Memorial
Hall and the Morehead Building. The Ack-
land, said Duncan Hazard of Polshek, is
considered a heroic.
"The Ackland was viewed in that same
light," Hazard said. "The Ackland is a
museum - that's a destination building,
and often these buildings will depart."
Bolas, like Moeser, is bullish on the
Ackland design. He says it makes a state-
ment that it is not another classroom or lab
building, but a public destination. "You
would never pick tlus up and put it on the
quad," Bolas said. "This building only
works here - a museum building that is
of its time." Moeser said,"I think it's a
wonderful gateway. Context is everything"
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