John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK)

John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK)

Los Angeles, CA


Roberts Pavilion - Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College’s new 144,000 square-foot Roberts Pavilion dramatically redefines what a college athletic venue can be. An iconic social hub that brings students and faculty together, it demarks a new gateway for the campus while reacting to the push and pull of surrounding buildings, playing fields, and aquatic center. A sensuous, sculptural, even athletic form was used to suggest the College’s ambitious forward-looking outlook, as well as its function as a center of recreation and wellness. A sculpture by artist Chris Burden, installed after his death, sits just outside on the building’s plaza.  

Though its taut form and terra cotta panels create a unified exterior, it is inside that one finds the building’s overlapping circulation elements, enhanced by a great deal of transparency, cutting loose and inviting today’s mobile students to territorialize its spaces in unforeseen ways - whether to study, exercise, or socialize. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the lobby, whose “Character Wall” incorporates important character-building terms in the ten most commonly-used languages on campus, thereby reflecting the global outlook of the College and the creative search common to all academic ventures. 

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Status: Built
Location: Claremont, CA, US
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Principal-in-Charge: John Friedman
Consulting Principal: Alice Kimm
Project Architect: Claudia Kessner
Design Team: Derek Greene, Todd Spangler, Eddie Hermann, Chris Hyun, Shuang Xu, Kyung Chung
Project Assistants: Greg Creech, Aaron Malmedal, Juan Perez, Brian Kenworthy, Brian DiMaggio, Jianxin Sun, Michael Leung, Hyang Yi
Competition Team: Garrett Belmont, Brendan Beachler, Emmet Ashford-Trotter, Kazu Shichishima, Loretto Saquing, Manuel Rohrhofer, Long Truong
Structural Engineer and Building Envelope: SGH
MEP and Sustainability: Buro Happold
Civil Engineer: Psomas
Landscape Architect: LINK
Lighting Design: KGM
AV, Acoustics, Technology, Security: Waveguide
FF&E: Neiman Studio
Environmental Graphics: 49 Degrees
Specifications: Yagade Consulting, Inc.
Photography: Benny Chan, Fotoworks