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Attractive , Collaborative , and Modern Academic Renovation
Project : Pritzker Hall , UCLA Location : Los Angeles , California Architecture / Interior Design : CO Architects Furniture Selection / Installation : Tangram Interiors
UCLA ’ s Pritzker Hall , formerly known as Franz Hall , is an 8-story building plus three basement levels that house a large psychiatry complex . The UCLA Psychology department — one of the university ’ s largest undergraduate programs — received a $ 30 million commitment in 2020 from the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation to fund the renovation and tower upgrades . The building was named Pritzker Hall in recognition of the gift .
The tower was originally completed in 1967 by famed architect , Paul Revere Williams and has received minor changes over the years . CO Architects enlisted Tangram Interiors to provide attractive research and collaboration spaces and modernized classrooms . Along with functional updates desired throughout , an upgraded aesthetic that would attract and retain employees and students was the priority . In addition to classroom upgrades , private offices , updated research labs and active learning classrooms , a variety of collaborative spaces were requested .
The renovated double-height lobby highlights the original architectural elements exemplified through contemporary finishes and student-oriented furniture choices . The space has multiple study and lounge areas fit for both individual and collaborative needs . The structural waffle slab of the second floor and the marble-clad walls within the lobby and mezzanine renew the study and student space with ample light and an open concept .
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