A simple form surrounded by two man made lakes, with four pedestrian bridges connecting it with the surrounding development, the IST building sits pretty as shown above. The layout, see two corridors lining the perimeter of the building on both levels with the ground level corridor opening into classrooms on the outer edge and labs on the inner side.
Arriving the upper floor via either of the two grand staircases at the ends of the oval, the corridor below is replicated here opening to faculty and administrative offices on the outside and conference and study rooms on the inside. It also leads to the functional and architectural heart of the building referred to as “the Commons”. This large room with its soaring ceiling is the location of the aforementioned e-library /study space, which does not feature any tangible books but directs students to e-books and other digital resources made available. The swooping geometry of this room is both calming and inspiring, drawing attention to the complex system of 94 mechanical aluminium louvers on its roof that rise and fall to offer the most effective degree of shading, but still permit plenty of natural light.