One of the initial reasons for placing this building underground was preserve campus open space and to maintain the diagonal edestrian pathway into the campus.

Another was to preserve a visual corridor and unobstructed views of historic buildings Finally, putting the building into the ground creates a steady-state thermal bubble around its perimeter, reducing heating and cooling loads.

 

 

 
Above: Pedestrian pathway toward historic building.

Right: Section through building showing access to daylight and view from most interior locations - more than a comparable on-grade building with perimeter windows.

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