The UM School of Architecture’s Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio features a massive 25 feet cantilevers on two sides of the building. The striking, exposed concrete slab arches downward approximately 8 feet at its lowest point. The folded plate is tapered to create a thin edge, while maintaining a substantial 20 inch deep profile at the support, necessary to support the cantilevered slab and prevent excessive deflections. The architectural design called for a flat underside of the roof slab, which was achieved by utilizing upturned beams over the occupied areas of the building. The roofing and insulation with necessary slopes for drainage is housed neatly within the voids created by the upturned beams.
The Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio building won the 2018 Building of the Year. Click here for more information.