The famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava brought his extensive knowledge and imagination into the design of the Innovation, Science and Technology Building for the Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland to create a stunning sculptural building with lightweight aluminum trellis to reduce the solar gain by up to 30%.
The most impressive part of the design is probably the robotic roof that moves and the interior combines concrete, glass and aluminum to define the 200000 square feet of space into an organic whole that is very durable.
The exterior façade was designed for shading and protection while also defining outdoor lounges. The architect wanted a building that would seem to be alive, with ribs and archways as well as an operable roof with 46 aluminum louvers that regulate the amount of light passing inside.
The budget for the project was of 60 million dollars and it managed to be raised for less, hosting as the main campus facility with classrooms, laboratories, offices, meeting rooms and an amphitheater.