INTERTWINING: SCIENCE, HUMANITIES, AND NATURE
While the I.A.S. uniquely intersects the sciences with the humanities, a deep intertwining of these with natural phenomena is a core aim of our scheme. The concept fuses architecture and nature: the seasonal changes, the flora and fauna, and the smells and sounds are an enmeshed experience uniquely possible for the Rubenstein Commons. Sun bouncing off of the pools of water projected on curved ceilings produces an atmosphere of relaxing reflection. (Steven Holl)
In close cooperation with Guy Nordensen (structural) and Transsolar (energy and comfort), Steven Holl Architects conceived a building which takes advantage of its local resources. Its open-concept approach permits natural ventilation through all spaces; its skylights in a shingled roof allow/provide daylighting; its geothermal heat exchange system supplies efficient heating and cooling energy. The organic photovoltaic cells on the curved roofs are a modern take on the traditional green copper roofs of IAS, and contribute to the zero-energy building target.