Malachowsky Hall deflects the Florida glare with an aluminum facade and electrochromatic glazing

In early August 2021, before the University of Florida in Gainesville commenced fall classes, a construction crew erected provisional elements of a forthcoming campus landmark. Ten full-size modules, lonely in the afternoon sun, served as poignant stand-ins for the Malachowsky Hall for Data Science and Information Technology, before being disassembled.

Designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Walker Architects, Malachowsky Hall will feature a textured facade that protrudes and folds to create swatches of light and shadow all along its considerable length. The origamilike creases provide for some very idiosyncratic window shapes, which should quickly endear the building to the university community once it opens

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