Martel Hall is Duncan Hall's main open space.
This large room (roughly seventy-five by fifty-five
feet and fifty-six feet tall) forms the heart of
the building's public space.
On the first floor, it is ringed with classrooms,
lecture halls, an auditorium, and two conference
On the second floor, it is ringed with offices.
On the third floor, it is ringed with more meeting
rooms-two conference rooms and a large, open, multipurpose
At the clearstory level (the fourth floor), Martel
Hall is ringed with large windows that let in the
bright Texas sun.
This creates a space where natural light competes
with the irregular artificial light.
This view, taken from the north wing, third floor,
shows both the terazzo floor and the decorated
ceiling. The ceiling is described
The five-colored terazzo floor contains only Texas-quarried
Like the ceiling, it is inscribed with a decoration that
tells part of the building's story.
The floor explicitly represents the river valley.
It begins with a whirling pool in the West Hall, flows
down the street, under the bridges at the east end of
the street, and out through the delta of Martel Hall to
the ocean (represented by the broken infinity shown in
This view shows Martel Hall as seen from the second floor,
southeast corner (outside room 2063). It shows the
main stair, which rises through the room to the second
and third floors.
The stair is set at forty-five degrees off of the Hall's
This lets it assume a position of importance in the room,
dominating the main axis, without obscuring the view through
the room along the axis.
It also ties the building's two central axes together, as
the second-floor to third-floor stair runs up to the long
axis through the building.
At the base of the stair, you can see the bridge and the
opening into the street. At the top of the room, you can
see the "log and saddle" detail that sets the room off
from the other eight "rooms" of the building.
The second and third floors feature prominent
that cantilever out over the open space.
The balconies have four large, boxy chairs and a four-foot
Mounted on the columns are uplights
that illuminate the ceiling.
These flourescent fixtures provide a gentle uplight on
picture clearly shows the light shining on
the columns that flank the street.