Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World in Providence, RI, Rhode Island University Building

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World

Rhode Island Research Building on George Street – design by Anmahian Winton Architects

Feb 13, 2018

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World

Design: Anmahian Winton Architects

Location: 60 George Street, Providence, RI, USA

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World

Joukowsky Institute
photo © Peter Vanderwarker

The Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University occupies Rhode Island Hall, a historic Greek Revival building at the center of the campus green. AW restored the building’s beloved exterior and re-animated the interior with a new program and design vocabulary to create this endowed teaching and research facility.

Joukowsky Institute
photo © Warren Jagger

Joukowsky Institute
photo © Jane Messinger

The building’s historic shell and contemporary liner amplify one another by contrast. While the exterior was carefully restored, the interior was completely gutted of all structure and contents, making room for an architectural language that challenges the notion of archaeology as a conservative and dusty pursuit and supports the Institute’s mission to serve as a progressive leader in the field of archaeology.

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photos © Peter Vanderwarker

The design approach for this project uses the existing shell to define the internal organization of its contents. Program elements were introduced either as liners of the building’s perimeter or as objects pulled away from the walls. Essential to this effort was consideration of ways that daylight could be delivered throughout the building, exploring the translucency of wood screens and patterned glass panels, in order to dissolve the boundaries between student and teacher and to encourage discourse.

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photos © Warren Jagger

By deploying these few simple elements in a variety of conditions, the design creates spaces that accommodate multiple needs: reading alcove and active library, lecture hall and informal gathering space, circulation space and artifact display, research floor and graduate studio. Natural daylight washes through program areas directly, or is filtered through wood screens that guide movement through the building, or softly illuminates private offices through translucent walls.

Joukowsky Institute
photo © Jane Messinger

The Institute’s open, flexible plan reflects the University’s goal to bring together faculty and students from a variety of disciplines under one roof, facilitating cross-departmental interaction. The project is both practical and symbolic, providing a contemporary home for this new research institute within a beloved architectural artifact.

Joukowsky Institute

Joukowsky Institute

Joukowsky Institute
photos © Peter Vanderwarker

Joukowsky Institute, Providence – Building Information

Architect: Anmahian Winton Architects, Nick Winton, AIA and Alex Anmahian, AIA
Project Team: Aaron Bruckerhoff, Joel Lamere, Makoto Abe
Structural Engineer: Richmond So Engineering
MEP/FP Engineer: RDK Engineers
Geotechnical Engineer: GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc.
Landscape Design: Hines Wasser & Associates
Lighting Design: LAM Partners, Inc.
Contractor: Shawmut Design & Construction
Completion date: 2009

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photos © Jane Messinger

Joukowsky Institute Joukowsky Institute
photos © Peter Vanderwarker

Photographers: Warren Jagger, Peter Vanderwarker and Jane Messinger

Photographer: Warren Jagger – Warren Jagger Photography, Inc.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World in Providence images / information received 130218

Address: 60 George St, Providence, RI 02912, USA
Phone: +1 401-863-3188

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