Kansas State University

Kansas State University

Universities
Manhattan, KS, USA - Build completed in 2017
© Timothy Hursley

Kansas State University, College of Architecture Planning and Design

Ennead Architects as Design Architects

“APDesign is all about placing the students at the center of the experience. With a facility that emphasizes the tactility of design and creation, students can interact intimately with their budding role as the makers of our future.” – Tomas Rossant


Responding to the College’s focus on the designer as an instrument for positive change in the world, the building design creates a sense of place for APDesign and supports a new curriculum that trains future leaders to reconnect the act of design to making through inter-disciplinary collaboration and a focus on direct fabrication.


The design maximizes opportunities for communication and cross-fertilization of ideas between APDesign Departments – Architecture, Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning, Interior Architecture and Product Design – and related disciplines.


The building is a didactic tool to showcase the fabrication-based research of the school’s design community. Studios, crit spaces, exhibition areas, collaboration pods and faculty offices are arranged around an axial three-story atrium, the “collaboration corridor,” to foster rapid exchange of intellectual and technical knowledge.


The project also introduces new research laboratories and vertically-integrated studios that comprise a 24-hour “Design Information Commons,” a new feature to a reconfigured Weigel Library.


Program: Classrooms, Offices, Studios Fabrication Laboratories including Wood, Medal, Upholstery and Finishing Shop, 3D Print Lab, Model Making and Exterior Fabrication Lab

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