BIG fosters dynamic interaction & transparency for new sciences center in california

BIG fosters dynamic interaction & transparency for new sciences center in california

BIG’s Sciences Center at California’s Claremont McKenna College

 

BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) has revealed renders for its new Robert Day Sciences Center, currently under construction, at California‘s Claremont McKenna College. Occupying almost 12,000 sqm (135,000 sq ft), the project takes form as a pile of rectangular volumes, rising in pairs that rotate 45 degrees on its second and third levels. This arrangement creates a soaring central atrium that fosters transparent and dynamic interaction between the different levels and disciplines. A wooden triangulated truss runs along each volume, generating a vivacious connection with glass resulting in a striking facade. Through the generous amount of glazing that embraces the structure, not only the boundaries between the facilities but also between the built space and public space are slightly obscured, forcing a more intimate inter-disciplinary collaboration.BIG fosters dynamic interaction & transparency for new sciences center in californiaall images ©BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group)

 

 

optimizing integration & interaction

 

Designed by renowned architects BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), the Robert Day Sciences Center ushers in a new phase for Claremont McKenna College. The project will house ‘the College’s next-generation Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences, a powerful, multi-disciplinary, computational approach to advancing gene, brain, and climate knowledge’. Each level of the building is completely glazed and clad with timber trusses. Emerging as a pair of blocks, the structure unveils a sky-lit ‘social hub’ at its core, ‘allowing life to seamlessly flow between the inside and outside while encouraging inter-disciplinary collaboration’. The entrance of the building creates a stunning protruding angular form composed at the conjunction of the two levels. Walking through, a grand staircase unfolds, guiding to the upper levels. To further maximize integration and interaction, the structure accommodates a series of eight outdoor rooftop terraces that can double as social spots or open-air classroom expansions with sweeping views of the natural surroundings. 

 

‘More than ever, we are seeing the confluence of previously distinct disciplines: breakthroughs in computer and data science lead to breakthroughs in the natural and life sciences. As a consequence, we need to provide spaces for the integration of these previously siloed sciences. The architecture for the new Robert Day Sciences Center’s seeks to maximize this integration and interaction. The labs and classrooms are stacked in a Jenga-like composition framing a column-free, open internal space with the freedom and flexibility to adapt the ever-evolving demands of technology and science. It is our hope that the building will not only provoke new conversations between scientists but that it may also stimulate the rest of the liberal arts students to take a deeper interest in the sciences and vice versa. The analytical embracing the experimental – rationality intersecting with creativity,’ explains Bjarke Ingels, Founder of BIG.

BIG fosters dynamic interaction & transparency for new sciences center in california each level takes form as two glazed parallel volumesBIG fosters dynamic interaction & transparency for new sciences center in californiathe glass volumes are outlined by zig-zag wooden trussesBIG fosters dynamic interaction & transparency for new sciences center in california the structure fosters interaction between different levels and disciplinariesBIG fosters dynamic interaction & transparency for new sciences center in california a soaring, sky-lite central atrium dominates the interiorBIG fosters dynamic interaction & transparency for new sciences center in california

spacious terraces double as study spaces with wide views of the surroundings

BIG fosters dynamic interaction & transparency for new sciences center in california

blurring the boundaries between build space and nature

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the volumes are oriented towards a different direction of the campus

 

 

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project info:

 

name: Robert Day Sciences Center

architects: BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group)

client: CMU Claremont McKenna University 

location: California, United States

area: 11,148 sqm

status: under construction

 

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