When officials at Florida Polytechnic University realized that their existing campus could no longer support a burgeoning population, it made sense to commission world-renowned alumnus Santiago Calatrava to design a new one. Construction just broke ground in March on the the egg-shaped Innovation, Science, and Technology building, which will stand as the sole new campus until the entire plan is finalized. Renders of the master plan reveal a verdant oval campus split in half by a long body of water that looks a lot like Washington D.C.’s reflection pool. True to his penchant for bridges, Calatrava created a series of small pedestrian bridges linking either edge of the water.
The two-storey Innovation, Science, and Technology building clad in white grating promotes natural ventilation and daylighting and lies on the northern edge of campus. When complete, it will feature classrooms, laboratories, administrative offices, community space, and a large amphitheater that will be used for holding various public functions.
“It is my hope that this first building for Florida Polytechnic’s new campus will be enjoyed for generations to come, while also acting as a catalyst for continued architectural and technological advancement,” Calatrava said in a press release. Indeed, it is part of a bigger plan to promote a high-tech incubation corridor in southern Florida.
images courtesy of Santiago Calatrava LLC