Health and Wellness
Quality of Place
Cuyahoga Community College
A day-lit student Commons bisects this STEM education building providing respite and a place to dwell for students attending adjacent science and technology classes. The long skylight integrates photo-voltaic cells in the glazing significantly reducing glare and heat gain in the space. The resulting filtered daylight through the remaining clear glass creates a comfortable ambience, while biophylic walls bring life to this student hub, connect its occupants with nature, and enhance health and wellbeing with natural air filtration and reduced noise.
The space is further conditioned with low velocity displacement ventilation, improving the air quality and overall acoustics, while decreasing energy use through natural convection created by the density difference between cold and warm air. Polished black pebbles accent wood-edged planters that provide warmth, and informal seating in this vibrant interaction space.