I visited my alma mater WPI's newest academic building, Unity Hall in early January. It is built into the hill above Boynton Street. Its location was somewhat constroverisal as it blocked the view of at least one of the TWO TOWERS, the Washburn Shops. WPI's motto Lehr und Kunst
basically translates into theory and practice. The two towers of the school's oldest buildings, Boynton Hall (theory) and the Washburn Shops (practice/application), represented this motto. The new Unity Hall follows the pattern of the nearby Gordon Library and Fuller Laboratories where there is a low profile on the top of the hill side with several lower levels exposed below. The five story 100,000-square-foot academic and student academic services building opened in 2022. Unlike other academic structures, its interior had few lecture halls as the building appeared to primarily house labs, offices for professors, and meeting spaces. The building also had a lot of open spaces throughout with lots of bench and table & chair seating.
The view from the inside looking east toward the Worcester Art Museum and UMass-Memorial. The East Hall residences and the Arts Walk path connecting Boynton and Dean Streets are in the forefront.
The view from inside looking southeast toward downtown. The Founder's Hall residences are to the left.
The exterior of Unity Hall as viewed from the intersection of Institute Road and Boynton Street. Boynton Hall and the Washburn Shops are visible through the trees on the top of the hill to the left.