The College of Architecture, Planning and Design @ Kansas State University by Ennead Architects | BNIM
For Kansas State University, which has recently spearheaded an initiative to poise designers as “instruments for positive social change,” our friends at Ennead Architects, in collaboration with the Kansas City-based BNIM, have designed the College of Architecture, Planning and Design. The plan was conceived with a view towards creating an environment conducive to supporting curriculum newly adopted by the college, which trains future A+D professionals to learn how to connect with design through interdisciplinary collaboration as well as direct fabrication. And so, to this end, the interior architecture of the project permits a vast array of opportunities for communication across Architecture, Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning, Interior Architecture and Product Design departments, as well as departments related. Arrayed round a three-storey atrium, called the “Collaboration Corridor”, are studios, crit spaces—rooms which enable students and professors to critique work in an interactive and flexible learning space,—exhibition areas, and offices for faculty.