The incredible building immediately stands out, a unique design that isn’t quite like anything else you’ve ever seen. Crisscrossing beams leave plenty of space for light, allowing an illuminated glow from within that acts as a beacon, beckoning you to come closer. The building looks stunning, futuristic and totally interesting. This is where some of the country’s brightest minds will study advanced genetics, the human brain and the climate of the planet.

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The Robert Day Sciences Center at Claremont McKenna College in California was designed by Bjarke Ingels Group. This is where students will become the next-generation scientists. They will be doing stuff that most people can’t even understand.

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A stacked building with an outdoor cement area

According to Claremont McKenna College President Hiram E. Chodosh, “the iconic Robert Day Sciences Center will be home to the college’s next-generation Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences, a powerful, multi-disciplinary, computational approach to the grand socio-scientific challenges and opportunities of our time — gene, brain and climate.”

An interlacing wooden pavilion area

A community of 1,400 students will be supported by this building, which is aiming to get LEED Gold Certification for sustainability. The architecture is meant to enhance and support the integration of different sciences, making it easier for students to work with each other on the complex problems that face the world.

A wooden library room

“Today more than ever, an interdisciplinary approach to the sciences is vital to tackling the world’s biggest challenges such as health, climate and misinformation. By literally stacking disciplines together, the building becomes an expression of collaboration and a crossroads for scientific thought,” said BIG partner Leon Rost.

A glass room with people socializing inside

Inside, the space is warm and inviting thanks to wood-clad beams that play against the hard-wearing concrete floors. Outside, there are green areas right on the roof, a mixture of different plants and the roof has solar panels that cover about 9,000 square feet of space.


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