Terminella Professional Office Building* Fayetteville, Arkansas (1999)

 

The existing building was built as an auto dealership in 1946, with a street-side showroom, fuel pumps and garage service bays. The owner wished to leave the building’s primary form and various brick surfaces in a relatively unaltered state, intervening.

 

A tectonic strategy articulates the existing structure’s walls as spatial propositions with a series of volumetric interventions that transform the building’s expressive character. A ‘zig-zag’ glass curtain wall system is introduced along the former showroom perimeter, setting up a spatial relationship with the existing structural columns and oblique experiences along the sidewalk. Existing garage bay openings are developed into a series of custom fabricated horizontal steel and glass storefronts for individual tenants. Steel and glass ‘lanterns’ have been inserted into the existing openings above the canopy to activate the building at night.

 

*associated with Foster, Witsell, Evans, and Rasco

 

Awards:

2000:

Gulf States Regional AIA Design Honor Award

 

1999:

Arkansas State AIA Design Honor Award