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INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL BUSINESS, AKRON, OH
SIGNATURE CAMPUS ARCHITECTURE
2004

Located at the extreme western edge of campus the new facilities for the IGB is designed to be a hub of activity at the interface between downtown and the university. The new facility is part of a masterplan redevelopment of this important ‘edge’ which includes a parking garage for 1200 vehicles. An intermodal transport hub is planned for the future. Other academic facilities will eventually surround the new complex. A redesign of the primary vehicular parkway at the western edge of campus was an integral part of our design.

The design of the IGB is directed at the creation of a truly global image for this twenty first century enterprise. A sweeping architecture of radial plan-forms built of pre-cast, aluminium, glass, steel and brick will create visual and physical focus at the end of Corban Commons and radiate order and direction 360 degrees to embrace both the university and the downtown core. At the heart of the design a 25 meter glass cone crowns a dynamic domain, creating an inviting pedestrian park environment, and a magnet for west campus life. The cone wall itself, facing east, with many operable windows is intended to promote convective ventilation of the atrium environment. Parts of its radial surface, devoted to photovoltaic cells, will generate the power required to operate the window motors and automatic shades.

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