Kent State University By: David Wilson
Kent State has selected New York based architecture firm Weiss/Manfredi to design their new College of Architecture and Environmental Design building. The Ohio university has nicknamed the project the Kent State Design Loft because of the “notion of a continuous studio loft into a three-tiered structure that opens to the city, connects to the public esplanade and surrounding landscape, and provides an abundance of creatively designed, flexible learning spaces that can be easily transformed to accommodate design crits, exhibitions and events”. The building includes a public gallery space at the lowest level, with classrooms, reading rooms, a resource library, and design studios rising above throughout the rest of the structure. The 125,000 square foot architecture center is designed with three exaggerated elevations that promote natural sunlighting throughout the interior. The landscape surrounding the structure was also taken into consideration, as both the architects and the university wanted the most sustainable college building possible.