IIT Kaplan Institute
3137 S. Federal Ave.
Enter from Footlik Lane
Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 5pm
Sun, Oct 20: 1pm - 5pm
Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible
John Ronan Architects, 2018
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 lend 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.
Visit the grand, light-filled atrium anchored by the Morgenstern Pitch, a large social staircase, and explore collaborative education spaces throughout the building. Visitors may park in any campus lot for free on Saturday and Sunday, but lots B2, B3, B4, and B5 are closest to the Kaplan Institute.
Part of the ComEd Sustainability Trail.