Rob and Melanie Walton Center for Planetary Health / Grimshaw + Architekton
Written Statement by Architects. The Rob and Melanie Walton Center for Planetary Health, designed by Grimshaw & Architects, is the latest addition to Arizona State University’s Interdisciplinary Science and Research District. temp Campus. It will provide state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, meeting rooms and a new lecture hall for the ever-growing research base at ASU.
The building’s shape is the result of a rigorous design effort to negotiate the site and climate conditions unique to this project. The existing site provided a network of canals built by the valley’s indigenous Hohokam people for agricultural irrigation, nitrogen lines, yard gas, steam and water lines, and was also connected to light rail tracks, a light rail station and one. The most congested intersections in the state of Arizona.
In response, the building, positioned at the entrance to the campus, opens at ground level to increase the flow of wind, light, air and pedestrians into the central courtyard. A renewed landscape strives to unify the entire project, creating a new entrance to the campus for the community, planting the building under the Sonoran desert and agriculture, solving the challenges of circulation in the various modes of transportation and respecting the rich site. temp History.
The Rob and Melanie Walton Center for Planetary Health is a collection of resident institutes with diverse research expertise, including the Global Institute for Sustainability (GIOS), the Institute for Human Origins (IHO), the Global Future Initiative (GFI) and the School of Sustainability (SoS). The building is designed to accommodate these groups, such as meeting rooms, classrooms, break rooms, and teaching labs, while tailoring more programmatic specific areas – such as narrow-focused research laboratories and a high-bay laboratory – to individual needs. The design team had to strike a careful balance between providing opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and providing each stakeholder with an individual identity or ‘front door’.
The Walton Center serves as a strategic link between Arizona State University’s research base and the rest temp Community, state-of-the-art research facilities and new campus amenities with resilience, site-specificity and innovation.