Santiago Calatrava is a Spanish top architect widely known for his sculptural bridges and buildings. All his modern architecture projects definitely attracted worldwide attention and garnered a reputation for massive cost overruns. Calatrava is one of the most distinctive architects and one of his most iconic creations is the Florida Polytechnic University, the Innovation, Science and Technology Building.
Located in Lakeland, Florida, the Innovation, Science and Technology Building is a contemporary architecture project by Santiago Calatrava. All the modern building has classrooms and laboratories which are organized around two curved, double loaded corridors. The peripheral rooms house non-technical teaching labs which have plentiful natural light and deliver views across the lake.
The exterior of the building is ringed by pergolas. All exterior surfaces of the contemporary architecture project by Santiago Calatrava are white to reduce solar heat gain and assistance in the amount of light reflected into the modern building’s interior.
The skylight above the Commons is shaded by a complex system of aluminum louvers that can be raised or lowered depending on the intensity and position of the sun.
White is the main color that gives to this space a clear structural rhythm within the school building.
The corridors designed by Santiago Calatrava are two-story spaces lit by clerestory glazing. Faculty offices on the second floor overlook the corridor and have views out to the campus through the clerestory windows. The student study lounge, also a fantastic idea by Santiago Calatrava, is the heart of the contemporary building with a unique design and encourages interdisciplinary interaction between students and faculty.
The exterior of the modern building designed by Santiago Calatrava is dominated by two unique elements: the pergola and the operable roof. The pergola is a light steel trellis that surrounds the whole place and offers a perceptual ceiling to the exterior arcade and terrace. The operable roof comprises of a series of hydraulically activities that provide coverage to the common’s skylight.