The Fulbright Building
in the office of Marlon Blackwell Architect
The Fulbright Building is the recently-vacated former Fayetteville Public Library. The original structure was designed in 1962 by Warren Segraves, one of Mies van der Rohe’s most prolific disciples. The project called for renovating the open plan into five different suites of offices. This plan division promised to darken the spaces within. As an antidote, four stairs were cut through the expansive floor plate, each allied to a skylight above, cut from the expansive flat roofscape. The result is a dense packing of offices, with even those offices deepest in the building gaining access to sufficient natural light.
The Fulbright Building has been awarded a 2009 AIA Gulf States Honor Award, Fayetteville Chamber Award for Best Renovation, and a 2008 AIA Arkansas Honor Award. To learn more about the legacy of Mies van der Rohe, contact us here.