The existing Kline Center, constructed in the early 1980s, is a unique structure designed by architect Daniel Tully. Its major architectural and structural feature is its long-span roof, comprised of exposed crisscrossing glulam beams in the form of hyperbolic paraboloids supporting exposed wood decking. The natural wood on the underside of the existing roof structure, combined with a lack of natural light, created a dark interior cut-off from the outside. The new addition is intended to relate to, and at the same time be the antithesis of, the existing Kline Center. It similarly has an exposed structure, though detailed in steel, and is designed to create a light and bright space that welcomes the exterior in.
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