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UNC Charlotte’s Center City Building

Posted on 20 Mar 2009 by Tim Ernst

rendering by Kieran Timberlake & Gantt Huberman

UNC Charlotte released the design of their new Center City Building. The 12 story, 143,000 square foot building was designed by world renowned architectural firm Kieran Timberlake, whose client list includes institutions like Yale, Cornell, and Princeton. The building will primarily be used for Charlotte’s MBA program as well as classes in health services and architecture that have special significance to urban areas.

The space also has a strong commitment to public access that includes a cafe, art gallery, 300 seat public auditorium, and a 110 seat public lecture hall. UNC Charlotte is working with the city and county to create a First Ward park that will span from the campus to ImagineOn.

The LEED Certified Silver building is scheduled to open in the fall of 2011.

Many more pictures (in huge resolution) below the fold.

You can download a .zip file of all 6 renderings above in extra high resolution, if you’d like.

Also, read more by Doug Smith at the Observer.

More info on the way.


  1. JamesWillamor 20 Mar 2009 at 4:37 AM

    Nice! I love this building! Now we’ll have this, the classic Bank of America Corp. Center by Cesar Pelli (Petronas Towers, 1IFC Hong Kong), the Bechtler Art Museum by Mario Botta (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Church of Santo Volto in Turino), and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts & Culture by Freelon. An impressive and growing collection of great design.

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    Justin Ritchie 20 Mar 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Wow, spectacular. I wish UNC Charlotte work towards better design on the main campus.

  3. JADEBE 20 Mar 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Not only is this an awesome design for the building, but all the academic programming offered from it is tailored to the needs of people who live and work in the urban center: MBAs, urban design, public health and health administration, architecture. And with the plaza, gallery, cafe and park, it’s going to be a hub at the north end of uptown. And when the light rail extends to the main campus, this will be UNC Charlotte’s southern anchor. Good stuff.

  4. Charlie Malouf 23 Mar 2009 at 3:11 AM

    Makes we want to sign up to get my MBA degree starting in the Fall 2011 :-)

  5. JamesWillamor 27 Mar 2009 at 5:34 AM

    Someone on Urban Planet posted some addition renderings, including floor plans. A great design. Link: http://is.gd/pbT2