Over the last decade, the College of Architecture, Planning, and Design (APDesign) at Kansas State University has risen in stature and recognition among the nation’s design programs, and the program’s home in the historic Seaton Hall complex came to no longer support the college’s needs. Each semester, APDesign students, faculty, and visitors together explore the potential of design to impact human experience, health, and happiness – the new and renovated facility is born of these same pedagogical objectives.
The new addition stitches together the two renovated historic buildings of Seaton East (1908) and Mechanics Hall (1874), and is punctuated by “The Jewel,” a transparent, three-story social container and entry courtyard that assumes the new face of APDesign. Located in the heart of the campus network, the facility is situated to become a hub of interdisciplinary interaction, engaging KSU in a unified expression of innovation, excellence, and sustainability.
Architect: BNIM Architects + Ennead Architects