University of Texas – Recreation, Education & Kinesiology Center
University of Texas – Recreation, Education and Kinesiology Center
Size: 109,000 SF
The design of this project represents a comprehensive response to the unique environmental, cultural and programmatic constraints at this southernmost campus in America.
The harsh environmental conditions of the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas are legendary. The solar orientation of the building, masonry mass, protected openings, colonnades and covered walkways all respond to the conditions of the campus and this site within the campus microclimate in particular.
The colonial Mexican architectural heritage of the region is reflected in the hierarchy of forms, proportions and choices of materials. Local craftsmen were commissioned to create custom ironwork and other pieces of art. The interior environment is composed of intimate spaces that are articulated with vibrant colors, patterns and textures which result in a unique sense of place.
The facility program combines the Student Recreation Center with the Department of Kinesiology, linked together with a two-story atrium social space. The Student Recreation Center includes a fitness zone, gymnasiums, an elevated track, multi-purpose rooms, an outdoor pool and racquetball courts. The Kinesiology wing includes faculty offices, classrooms and laboratories.