This addition to the famed Allen Fieldhouse, one of the most significant buildings in the history of college basketball, will house the original typed rules of basketball authored by James Naismith in 1891.
The design endeavors to create an experience far greater than these two sheets of paper. The story of the rules and the subsequent development of the game are arranged along a linear path that provides a three-dimensional experience of the evolution of basketball. This path is woven into every programmatic element, including a 200-seat student dining commons, an athletic training table for men’s and women’s basketball, a café, and a 60-seat restaurant, allowing the story of basketball to unfold at multiple scales and to multiple audiences.
The University of Kansas
Renovation: 14,000 sf
New Construction: 32,000 sf
Ralph Appelbaum Associates