A lively new Student Commons at the building’s entrance forms an iconic meeting place for the Institute. Views through the Commons to the campus beyond lighten the formerly gloomy setting, connecting the building to the landscape. A sculptural, perforated metal ceiling unifies the entrance and Student Commons areas and introduces an unexpected feeling of verticality and lightness. With its adjacent café, the Commons is filled with students from morning to night.
Inspiring Collaboration through Design
While the design continues to accommodate individually assigned work areas, personal real estate was reduced in favor of open space for group work, which is the lifeblood for the Institute. The flowing sequence of intimate, collaborative work areas is reinforced by wave-like patterns of carpeting; varied furniture arrangements, supported by white boards and media walls, encourage diverse ways of working. Tall work tables lift individuals to the eye level of passersby, promoting spontaneous discussions.
Photography: © Chuck Choi