|Pelli Clarke Pelli designed the new Bill and Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex at UT in Austin, Texas. Image: Pelli Clarke Pelli|
A two-building complex on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin is a new home for the school's computer science program. The 232,000-square-foot (21,600-square-meter) development has been named for Bill and Melinda Gates, while the northernmost of the two buildings is named for Michael Dell.
|The two buildings are connected by a central atrium. Image: Pelli Clarke Pelli|
Clad in bond-patterned Texas brick and cast limestone, the Gates Computer Science complex, designed by New Haven, Connecticut-based Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, unifies the department's functions in a single place for the first time, with 60 faculty offices, and 40 more for visitors and technical staff. The building also accommodates up to 350 graduate students and boast about 20,000 square feet (1,860 square meters) of flexible lab space, as well as a 200-seat lecture hall, 10 seminar rooms, seven classrooms, eight conference rooms, and dozens of other seminar, discussion, and computer lab spaces.
|The wood-clad center staircase is suspended from upper floors. Photo:|