The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota held a competition to design the New School of Business. They were pursuing a new model for learning where actual and virtual ideas are exchanged. The building design must support an interaction among the academic community, an integration of architecture into a boundryless world, and offer technology as a vehicle to fuel the trajectory of student learning.
This campus building was conceived as both an academic building and a university quadrangle simultaneously. The building is porous to the campus with multiple entrances, interior walkways and lounge areas, connected to adjoining buildings. Academic volumes are joined by active, social, media rich seams, stitching together business school functions. The exterior wall is designed as “light jacket,” comprised of glass panels on a light steel frame, on wood thermal enclosure.
The resultant shimmery, indefinite presence of the building evokes the business schools dependence on world wide connectivity through internet based activity.