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IIT Kaplan Institute

This is an archived listing.

Address

3137 S. Federal Ave.

Neighborhood

Bronzeville

Architect

John Ronan Architects, 2018

Website

iit.edu

Description

The Kaplan Institute at the Illinois Institute of Technology is a dramatic new presence on the university's iconic Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed campus. The building was conceived as a hybrid of campus and academic space, organized around two open-air courtyards through which visitors enter the building. So-called "collision nodes" encourage chance encounters and exchange across departments and disciplines, and open, horizontal floor plates allow visual connection to multiple interior spaces at once, fostering the sense of a collaborative community of users. The striking design features a cantilevered second floor that shades the ground floor. A façade of ETFE (Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene) foil cushions lends the building a light, billowy appearance while regulating the amount of solar energy gain. With the aid of advanced heating and cooling systems, the Kaplan Institute has earned a rigorous LEED Gold certification.

Archived In

2019