University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - Venable & Murray Halls

Facilities Designed for Future Growth in Science

Venable and Murray Halls complete the second phase of construction for UNC Chapel Hill’s new physical sciences district which provides seamless expansion of the main campus’ Georgian Revival character.

A replacement for a 1930’s era science building, the new Venable & Murray Halls is a Chemistry and Marine Science building that completes a courtyard with, and ties into, the bridge and corridor systems of Kenan and Caudill Labs.

The ground floor of the building, the lowest level of the courtyard, is conceived as an undergraduate hub, with four large classrooms, a lecture hall, and the Chemistry Library. The lecture hall, which is expressed as a discrete volume, serves as a visual anchor for the north end of the courtyard. Chemistry and Marine science laboratories, offices, and support space occupy the upper floors.The program is based on a 22’ x 30’ module. Lab modules were selected by faculty, and the module ‘menu’ and faculty selections are documented. By having the faculty agree to a standard module, the facility is adaptable to change and reuse.

The exterior skin continues the language established by Caudill Labs and Chapman Hall, while the courtyard diverges, not only in the appearance of the facades, but also in the landscaping strategy to create a unique space on campus.


Chapel Hill, NC

Building Type

Research Labs, Chemistry Library, Classroom, Office


169,000 SF

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