The Center for BrainHealth’s Brain Performance Institute at The University of Texas at Dallas

Dallas, TX

Project Description

The new Center for BrainHealth’s Brain Performance Institute, part of The University of Texas at Dallas, scheduled to open in spring 2017, will be the first in the world to focus on leveraging scientifically validated programs and assessments in order to maximize and extend brain performance, increase brain resilience and improve brain regeneration for people of all ages and conditions. The 62,000-square-foot facility was designed to stimulate, train, and enhance the brains of each participant that visits the space. The building’s layout was informed by the brain itself. The frontal lobe, which is responsible for some of the brain’s most complex activities, inspired the building’s iconic elliptical design. This dynamic entry lobby houses a grand stair, brain-inspired art installations, and a bowed wooden ceiling feature. Enveloping the ellipse, the remaining façade features a rhythmic pattern of solid and void panels inspired by an EEG strip.

A variety of amenities are offered to meet the needs of varied participants, who range from athletes with repetitive head injuries, adolescents with ADHD, and seniors with Alzheimer’s disease. Exterior greenspace and interactive zones are woven throughout the site to help in both healing and reactivation. Training spaces are located along the exterior of the building to maximize daylighting and a connection to outside. Classrooms on the first level open up to a healing garden designed for yoga and meditation. The upper levels include additional training rooms, internet cafes, and a variety of touch-down work spaces for visitors and family members.

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