Architecture

BIG's business school is wrapped in striking "domino-effect" copper facade

BIG's business school is wrapp...
The Business Innovation Hub's exterior features vertical copper pillars, which gradually slope downward, forming a large triangular entrance
The Business Innovation Hub's exterior features vertical copper pillars, which gradually slope downward, forming a large triangular entrance
View 9 Images
The Business Innovation Hub's copper exterior will patina over time
1/9
The Business Innovation Hub's copper exterior will patina over time
The Business Innovation Hub serves as a new extension for the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
2/9
The Business Innovation Hub serves as a new extension for the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
The Business Innovation Hub's interior is illuminated by natural light
3/9
The Business Innovation Hub's interior is illuminated by natural light
Visitors enter the Business Innovation Hub into a multi-story atrium, which includes dining and seating facilities
4/9
Visitors enter the Business Innovation Hub into a multi-story atrium, which includes dining and seating facilities
Visitors enter the Business Innovation Hub into a multi-story atrium, which includes dining and seating facilities
5/9
Visitors enter the Business Innovation Hub into a multi-story atrium, which includes dining and seating facilities
The Business Innovation Hub's exterior features vertical copper pillars, which gradually slope downward, forming a large triangular entrance
6/9
The Business Innovation Hub's exterior features vertical copper pillars, which gradually slope downward, forming a large triangular entrance
The Business Innovation Hub nearly doubles available space for the Isenberg School of Management
7/9
The Business Innovation Hub nearly doubles available space for the Isenberg School of Management
The Business Innovation Hub features a circular courtyard at its center
8/9
The Business Innovation Hub features a circular courtyard at its center
The Business Innovation Hub's most striking feature is its copper facade
9/9
The Business Innovation Hub's most striking feature is its copper facade

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) recently completed a new extension for the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Named the Business Innovation Hub, the building offers additional study space and social areas, and is defined by an eye-catching copper facade.

The Business Innovation Hub, which also involved Goody Clancy Architects, measures 70,000 sq ft (roughly 6,500 sq m). Its exterior is wrapped in vertical copper pillars that gradually slope downward to form a large triangular glazed entrance, in a way likened to falling dominoes by BIG, and will patina over time.

"The new Business Innovation Hub at the Isenberg School of Management is conceived as an extension of both the building and the campus mall," explains Bjarke Ingels, founder and creative director at BIG.

"The linear structure is bent to form a full loop framing an internal courtyard for the life of the students. The facade is pulled away in a domino effect to create a generous invitation from the Haigis Mall to the Learning Commons. The mall and the courtyard – inside and outside form a forum for the students, the faculty and the profession to meet, mingle and mix society and academia."

The Business Innovation Hub's interior is illuminated by natural light
The Business Innovation Hub's interior is illuminated by natural light

The triangular entrance opens onto a multi-story atrium with dining and seating facilities. Elsewhere lie classrooms, faculty offices, and the like, in addition to interview rooms and conference rooms. According to BIG, sunlight naturally illuminates each hallway and room.

At the building's center is a circular courtyard, which includes a garden and stone seating, and connects to the main university campus via two pathways. Additionally, a glass bridge and a copper bridge connect the extension to the main Isenberg School of Management building.

The Business Innovation Hub is slated to receive LEED Silver (a green building standard) certification, though we've no word on any other efficient or sustainable features beyond the natural lighting.

Source: BIG

1 comment
Wolf0579
The copper looks good on the outside, but where it can really shine is on doorknobs, door handles, push bars and push plates. Those are the surfaces that spread the most bacteria and viruses. Copper is naturally antibiotic. It kills almost everything. Copper plating should be required by code, for all of these surfaces that everyone touches day in, day out.