Originally a supersonic wind tunnel, the site is being transformed by Darin Johnstone Architects (DJA) into a suite of educational spaces to facilitate research, experimentation and cutting-edge design, providing full-scale vehicular access that replicates the experiences of professional design studios.
When the renovation is complete, the Mullin Center will showcase 31,000 square feet of specialized labs, classrooms, exhibition spaces, studios and offices. DJA has envisioned a number of hovering elements that appear to float within the wind tunnel, including a flex lecture space and viewing deck on the mezzanine level that floats above a fabrication studio and Vehicle Architecture Lab on level one, and a curved ramping gallery connecting to level two that slips around and floats over an Art and Process Lab framing the upper division Undergraduate Studio.
Adjacent to the new Mullin Transportation Design Center, a portion of the 950 building is also being renovated to hold the new Hyundai and Kia Innovation Lab (currently housed at Hillside Campus), which is dedicated to research and design exploring the user experience.
This birthplace of modern aircraft is an ideal setting for speculations on the future of Transportation Design.Darin JohnstoneArchitect
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