Marvin Lecture Hall

Marvin Hall, the architecture building at The University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS, is a well-functioning and beautiful four story, limestone building with one major flaw: its largest rooms allow no more than 25 people to comfortably congregate at one time.

The addition of a 250 person lecture hall to Marvin Hall provides a needed assembly space for classes, meetings and visiting lecturers.  The ambulatory walkway, which comfortably wraps around the rear of the lecture hall, primarily serves as an entrance into the space, while also creating a link between the two adjacent buildings.

Mounted to the southeast edge of the roof are six structures that serve as both solar chimneys and light monitors.  The stack effect (“hot air rises”) works to naturally ventilate the space with openings low on the building drawing in cool air as hot air is expelled through the solar chimneys on the roof.  This natural airflow is assisted by winds blowing out of the southeast and solar thermal mass collectors located within the solar chimneys.  Louvers allow building users to control the amount of daylight that enters through the light monitors and polycarbonate acoustical clouds inside the lecture hall serve to diffuse the light throughout the space.


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