Missouri State University’s new two story, 13 000 square foot student welcome facility serves as the campus’s “front door” and providing an impressive first impression to prospective students. In addition to providing a point of origin for campus visits, the two story lobby and 100 seat presentation room provide a multi-purpose venue for special events.
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In the highly competitive world of higher education, first impressions are critical. Building on the strength of Missouri State University’s history and brand, this new 13,000 square foot facility serves as the institution’s “front door”, welcoming visitors to campus at its primary entrance. In addition to providing a point of origin for campus visits, the two-story lobby and 100-seat presentation room provide a multi-purpose venue for special events. The program is arranged in a two-story scheme, placing administrative functions on an upper level, increasing its visual presence and reinforcing the campus edge.
Materials respond to the campus context combined with an interpretive reading of the institution’s history and mission. A limestone base increases in transparency to the north toward the entrance. Two white planes above the base define the east and west facades, while a two-story glass wall angles toward the campus entrance to welcome visitors. The west plane marks the entry with a fold as if dog-earring a page for future reference. Perforations derived from the pattern of a composition booklet provide shade on the west facade and dappled light to the interior. A slate wall recalls the classroom chalkboard leading visitors through the building’s entrance.