grafton selected ahead of shigeru ban and dorte mandrup for anthony timberlands center
 

grafton selected ahead of shigeru ban and dorte mandrup for anthony timberlands center

grafton architects has been selected ahead of firms including shigeru ban architects and dorte mandrup arkitekter to complete a design and research center at the university of arkansas. the other shortlisted firms were WT/GO architecture, kennedy & violich architecture, and LEVER architecture. grafton’s winning scheme (shown above) will now undergo further development. ‘we are very excited about building our first building in the united states in fayetteville, arkansas,’ says yvonne farrell and shelley mcnamara, co-founders of grafton architects. ‘this building helps us think about the future optimistically, where the use of timber with all its possibilities, becomes real, useful and hopefully loved.’

grafton, shigeru ban and others shortlisted for the anthony timberlands center
proposal by shigeru ban architects | main image: winning proposal by grafton architects
all images courtesy of fay jones school of architecture and design, university of arkansas

 

 

the ‘anthony timberlands center for design and materials innovation’ is planned as an important extension of the fay jones school and as a key part of the university of arkansas’ windgate art and design district — a campus district along martin luther king jr. boulevard that also houses existing and proposed buildings for the school of art and university libraries. the new applied research center will serve as the epicenter for the fay jones school’s multiple timber and wood design initiatives, house the school’s existing and expanding design-build program and fabrication technologies laboratories, and serve as the new home to the school’s emerging graduate program in timber and wood design.

grafton selected ahead of shigeru ban and dorte mandrup for anthony timberlands center
proposal by dorte mandrup arkitekter

 

 

the selection of the design team, which also includes modus studio, comes after a months-long process. the fay jones school initiated a design competition that was funded in large part by a grant from the U.S. forest service and the U.S. endowment for forestry and communities.

grafton, shigeru ban and others shortlisted for the anthony timberlands center
proposal by WT/GO architecture

 

 

of the six proposals, the jury said that grafton’s design ‘presents the most compelling landscaping plan, demonstrating possibilities for integrating the architecture and art programs in the windgate art and design district. the building fulfills its designer’s ambition of being ‘a storybook of timber.’ … in syncing material use to program, this approach offers students first-hand opportunities to learn about timber. the wood structures are educational in an experiential and poetic manner. the dramatically soaring, rhythmical space is an architectural abstraction of a sensorially rich forest condition.’

 

further design work on the project is scheduled to begin in summer 2020.

grafton, shigeru ban and others shortlisted for the anthony timberlands center
proposal by LEVER architecture

grafton selected ahead of shigeru ban and dorte mandrup for anthony timberlands center
proposal by kennedy and violich architecture

 

 

project info:

 

name: anthony timberlands center for design and material innovation
client: university of arkansas
winning: firm: grafton architects

other shortlisted firms: shigeru ban architects, dorte mandrup arkitekter, WT/GO architecture, kennedy & violich architecture, and LEVER architecture

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