Prior to the fall semester of 2017, the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan shared a facility with the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design. Because Stamps occupied the portion of the building that fronted Bonisteel Boulevard, Taubman was concealed behind a courtyard. While the two academic institutions would still share a facility, the new A. Alfred Taubman Wing would be positioned to physically link the college to a major campus artery. Designed to increase visibility, this new appendage now functions as a new front door for the College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
Connecting to the existing facility via a glass-enclosed bridge, the new wing extends at an angle to the northeast toward Bonisteel. The interior of this new wing functions as the nexus for the college with an art gallery, large two story student commons, and a much-needed expansion of faculty offices and studio space. The modern design of the buildings interior is painstakingly restrained with simple finishes mostly painted white allowing light and shadow to dance throughout the unique volumes. This interior aesthetic stands in stark contrast to the dark monolithic exterior clad in a purplish gray semigloss ironspot brick.