Ennead Architects and Bora Architects Partner on New University of Oregon Campus

A central pedestrian bridge will link the Knight Campus to the main campus. All images courtesy Ennead Architects.

New York–based Ennead Architects and Portland, Oregon–based Bora Architects have introduced the renderings of their collaborative design for the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact at the University of Oregon. Slated to reconfigure the school’s science and innovation offerings, the flexible $1 billion project will establish strong ties to the existing campus through geometric alignment. Groundbreaking on the 160,000-square-foot first phase is scheduled to begin in February 2018, and is forecasted for an early 2020 opening.

Images courtesy Ennead Architects.

“We set out to design a campus around the very interdisciplinary ideals that have helped drive the University of Oregon’s success,” said Todd Schliemann of Ennead, the project’s lead designer. “This design beautifully illustrates that identity by not only reflecting the UO’s past, but by illuminating a future of inspiring science.”

The first phase will see the creation of two L-shaped towers that cradle an elevated, canopied terrace and courtyard connected above a transparent link. The southern facade will be wrapped in folded glass panels reminiscent of cascading water, while the northern face of the towers will wear a simple skin of a glass curtain wall system that emphasizes transparency. Entry points will be punctuated with stainless steel walls that reflect light from adjacent water feature that reference the nearby Willamette River.

Images courtesy Ennead Architects.

Four research neighborhoods will be installed on each floor around a central internal courtyard. Double-height research floors will create a floating faculty office mezzanine that promotes interdisciplinary engagement across inviting spaces. The Knight Campus will also be anchored by an enclosed pedestrian bridge that connects the core campus to the new district and will be defined by an arched butterfly design.