Helmut Jahn is currently 77 years old. He really believes in the progression of architecture, not exactly to change it, but to get rid of the things that are not essential in current architectural designs. He has taught at the University of Illinois, Harvard University, Yale University and the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has won numerous awards for his building designs and is currently working to revive the Thompson Center in Chicago.
Looking at the buildings that Jahn has designed, I was really able to see the modern touch that he has in his designs. It is really beautiful. I love the use and abundance of windows in his buildings. You can tell that he really wants the use of natural light to be apparent in his buildings. I think this goes much further though. I think when you are in buildings, seeing the abundance of light can really affect you attitudes and moods.
Upon quickly reading about Helmut Jahn, I think that it is extremely important to note that he was born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1940. At this point, his home country was engulfed in World War II and in just a few years, much of it would be completely destroyed. He would grow up to witness the rebuilding of the major cities like Berlin and Dresden.
I was able to read up on a little bit of history of Monnet Hall, but i was a little more interested as to the architecture of the building. While I feel like it does seem a little out of place from other building on campus, it does not see too out of place. The stacks at the corners of the building can be seen throughout campus. It does kind of resemble a bit of a gothic architecture. I was really wondering if that was the intention when the building was built, hoping that it would continue as the campus grew.
I’ve been inside of Monnet Hall one time. I remember roaming through the halls of the building and finding it a little hard to navigate. The hallways were very narrow and the I feel like the stairways were as well. I kind of felt like I was on an old war ship the way the hallways and stairwells were. I definitely felt like I was in a very old building. Even the smell when you first enter made it feel like it was over a 100 years old.
Monnet Hall was originally the College of Law for OU. It was given the name School of Law in 1913 and was dedicated to the first ever dean of law at OU, Julien C, Monnet. I really like that this building has been here for 104 years. For what ever reason I find that fascinating. I think about all the thousands of people that have been in and out of there as well as all the history the building has seen.
Monnet Hall is really cool building on OU’s campus. It is located on the North Oval of campus very close to campus corner. To me, this building is very interesting because it is pretty different than other buildings on campus. I feel like most buildings have that crimson red brick and this one is more a white concrete style. I do think that it keeps up with the style of buildings on campus. I am assuming that it is very old.