THE ACADEMY: The Walsh Family Hall University of Notre-Dame, Indiana
THE ACADEMY. Classical architecture and education in the Walsh Family Hall at the University of Notre-Dame, Indiana. Celebrating the work of John Simpson. The Walsh Family Hall is the new home of the School of Architecture of the University of Notre-Dame -- one of the very few architectural schools in the world to offer courses in Classicism. When the Walsh family underwrote the construction of new school buildings in 2013, it was natural that a Classical architect should be commissioned. After an international competition, the choice fell on London-based John Simpson Architects. Simpson’s previous works includes the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, renovations to Kensington Palace, the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre in Leicestershire and the recent remodelling of the Royal College of Music. This handsomely illustrated book celebrates an important contribution to the architecture of academe.
Simpson’s Notre-Dame buildings occupy a key site at the gateway to the campus. The School of Architecture announces itself with a lighthouse-like tower, which forms a literal beacon of learning. Inspiration was taken from Ancient building types: the principal rooms give off a spinal corridor in the manner of a Greek stoa or market building. A hall of casts, whose form is derived from the planning of a temple in Asia Minor, recalls the teaching principles of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, famous for the teaching of Classical architecture in the late nineteenth century (not least to Americans). Across the top of the building are large studio spaces, whose cheaper construction evokes the aesthetic of a converted industrial building.
Popular with students, the Walsh Family Hall stands as a model for other education buildings across the world.
Hardcover: 172 pages
Publication Date: 1 Feb. 2021
Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 2.0 x 25.4 cm