It was 9AM on a Saturday. After a rainy day and mostly cloudy day, the sky was clear and exactly how I wanted it. Architectural photography is a game of patience and like most times, waiting paid off.
I was in Phoenix with two colleagues from the Architecture MN Magazine crew working on a photo project. We had listed this building to photograph and I’m glad we did.
Upon arriving, you are overwhelmed by its sheer size. The Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB), designed by CO Architects, stands proudly on the eastern end of the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix campus. It’s as if it was carved out of the Arizona landscape, with the design clearly resembling the nearby mountains and canyons. I like it.
The center of the building is a tall narrow canyon, running east to west, separating the building into a northern and southern section. The east and west side of the building is windowless, east side pictured here, and natural light enters through the canyon or the southern and northern windows.
At the top of the canyon, centered over the building, are several white sail shades blocking the intense overhead sunlight and really popping in this high contrast harshly lit photo.
The building’s sculptural shape, the color, and lines nicely resemble the Arizona desert and mountainous landscape while also being functional and giving the building a LEED Gold Certification for its energy efficiency.
To learn more about the building’s design, ArchDaily, published a nice overview.
The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix has several nice buildings and CO Architects designed both a beautiful and functional building elevating the campus’s architecture to another level.
Job well done to all involved!