Complementing an existing building - the Allen Center, also designed by LMN - the Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington represents the future of computer science at the university and across the region.
The Gates and Allen Centers are located in a dense campus precinct surrounded by engineering buildings, on opposite sides of a major campus circulation road. Improved pedestrian connections and a shared exterior plaza animate the Gates Center’s main entry, enhancing the surrounding district and inviting broad community participation.
The new facility’s interior program greatly expands the capacity of the school, providing critical spaces for learning and research and a home for undergraduate majors. The five-storey Gates Center includes three classrooms, four seminar rooms, a lecture hall, undergraduate commons, advising suite, capstone workrooms, graduate workrooms, robotics laboratory, artificial intelligence laboratory, faculty offices, café and roof-level event center.
Departing from the minimalist building typology popularized by the tech industry, the Gates Center offers a warm, welcoming and comfortable environment for students, researchers and faculty. At the heart of the building, a large central atrium and signature open stairs provide visual and physical connections to all floors and act as the school’s cultural hub. This day-lit atrium and five floors of intermingled program elements act as an important social incubator in CS&E’s technology-centered environment, fostering connections between students, encouraging interaction among teams, and enhancing the department’s culture of innovation and collaboration across disciplines.
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