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American University of Armenia Renovation / Storaket Architectural Studio

The old building of the American University of Armenia (AUA) in Yerevan was built in 1979, by two of the most prominent Armenian architects of the time, Mark Grigoryan and Henrik Arakelyan. The building, that has a symmetric triangular shape, is made of felsic tuff on basalt basis. Narrow rectangular niches are regularly arranged on three surfaces at the full height of the building. This approach, in combination with light colored facade, alleviates the building's character despites its massiveness.

© Sona Manukyan & Ani Avagyan

Architects: Storaket Architectural Studio

Location: Yerevan, Armenia

Design Team: Meroujan Minassian, Narbeh Bedrossian, Sona Manukyan, Ani Sahakyan, Anoush Karapetyan, Talin Gabounian

Area: 1730.0 m2

Project Year: 2016

Photographs: Sona Manukyan & Ani Avagyan , Artashes Martirosyan

Structural Engineer: Vrezh Asatryan

Construction Manager: Shahan Jebejian

General Contractor: Mane Interior LLC

© Sona Manukyan & Ani Avagyan

From the architect. The old building of the American University of Armenia (AUA) in Yerevan was built in 1979, by two of the most prominent Armenian architects of the time, Mark Grigoryan and Henrik Arakelyan. The building, that has a symmetric triangular shape, is made of felsic tuff on basalt basis. Narrow rectangular niches are regularly arranged on three surfaces at the full height of the building. This approach, in combination with light colored facade, alleviates the building's character despites its massiveness.
© Sona Manukyan & Ani Avagyan

The American University of Armenia?s educational standards and philosophy have distinguished it as one of the top universities in Armenia, and this renovation project serves as a testimony of the university?s culture of transparency, innovation, and academic commitment. The open structure allows students to exchange energy and encourages development of campus culture. Through the renovation project, an interior was created, where the old (Soviet era architecture) and the modern meet each other and create a reciprocal harmony.Renovation includes the following areas: Papazian Library,  Collaborative Study Space, Test Center, Innovation Lab, Auditorium and the Working Area.

Floor Plan

The library was expanded at the expense of the area formerly used as a kitchen, now fitting extra reading and study spaces. This has also provided increased number of outlets and surfaces for computers.

© Artashes Martirosyan

The Collaborative Student Center is located in the center of the lobby. Transparency and light was added to the interiors by using glass and lighting fixtures. A new lighting scheme begins from the facade of the building and continues inside of the entrance and lobby area, creating a welcoming motion. The original gypsum ceilings and floor finishing was preserved to emphasize the rich ...
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