Peter B. Lewis Building, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio


  • Date
    9/15/1990 (creation)
Related people
Thomson, Nina (photographer)
Gehry, Frank Owen (architect)
Date
2002;1999
Description
The Peter B. Lewis building is home to the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). It is located at the intersection of Ford Drive and Bellflower Road. In addition to offices, administrative support facilities, student meeting rooms, study rooms, and a cafe, the building includes ten classrooms, two computer instruction classrooms, and a multipurpose meeting and discussion space available for use as a classroom when necessary. "The building is organized with faculty and administrative facilities located in a series of predominantly rectilinear blocks that collectively form a U-shaped perimeter with an internal courtyard at the center. The four largest classrooms are located within the internal courtyard, and are articulated as two sculptural towers rising through the center of the building. This organizational strategy creates a canyon-like atrium in the space between the perimeter blocks and the classroom towers. Additional student oriented facilities, including classrooms, student meeting rooms, study rooms, and a cafe, are distributed along the edges of the atrium on the tower levels of the building, animating the atrium and encouraging opportunities for interaction between faculty and students. The primary exterior materials are red brick and stainless steel. The perimeter blocks are clad in red brick, reinforcing the relationship between the building and the surrounding campus. The classroom towers are expressed as two cascading sculptural form clad in stainless steel, reinforcing the Weatherhead School of Management's central ideology to encourge students to challenge convention." -- El Croquis 117, p. 168. Keywords: United States, Ohio, Cuyahoga County, Cleveland, institutional structures, university building, skylight. Submitted by Aimee Moore.
Style/Period
2000s (2000 - 2009)