the world's most visited architecture website

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects


Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.


Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »


All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.


Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Institute
  4. United States
  5. Lake|Flato Architects
  6. ASU Polytechnic Campus / Lake|Flato Architects + RSP Architects

ASU Polytechnic Campus / Lake|Flato Architects + RSP Architects

  • 00:00 - 25 January, 2011
ASU Polytechnic Campus / Lake|Flato Architects + RSP Architects
ASU Polytechnic Campus / Lake|Flato Architects + RSP Architects, © Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

© Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman + 10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mesa, Arizona, USA
  • Project Team

    Ted Flato, FAIA, Andrew Herdeg, AIA, Chris Krajcer, Matt Wallace (Lake|Flato Architects), Joe Tyndall, Beau Dromiack, John Williams, Chris Doran, John Grosskopf (RSP Architects)
  • Landscape Architect

    Ten Eyck
  • Mep Engineer

    Energy Systems Design
  • Structural Engineer

  • Civil Engineer

    Wood Patel & Associates
  • Ada Consultant

    Robert Lynch
  • Acoustics

    McKay Conant Brook
  • General Contractor

  • Leed Consultant

    Green Ideas
  • Av

    Jeremiah & Associates
  • Cost Estimating

    Rider Hunt Levett & Bailey
  • Lab Consultant

  • Client

    Arizona State University
  • Photographs

Text description provided by the architects. The design for the ASU Polytechnic Campus transformed a decommissioned airbase into an inviting pedestrian campus that celebrates the desert landscape and created a new identity for the program. Fourteen acres of asphalt and concrete were removed to transform the site into a desert landscaped mall. Storm water is slowed, captured in detention basins throughout the mall, and used to nourish the landscape. The strategy minimized the load on the existing detention basin and established an indigenous landscape as the heart of the new campus.

© Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

By segmenting the program into five buildings, the architects formed four shady courtyards linked by portals and arcades, creating a cohesive pedestrian campus. The three largest buildings turn their sides to the east and west protecting the courtyards and atria from the seasonal monsoons. These shady, open-air atria provide environmentally sensitive social spaces that maximize visibility, daylighting, and the sense of community while minimizing energy usage by significantly eliminating interior conditioned circulation space.

© Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

Purposeful environmental strategies such as narrow building sections, shading devices and solar orientation allow 90% of the spaces to be effectively daylit, reduce thermal loads and contribute to a LEED Gold rating. Exposed building systems and regional material palette such as locally sourced ground faced block and perforated corrugated weathered steel reinforce the straightforward philosophy of the campus.

© Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

View the complete gallery

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
About this office
Lake|Flato Architects
RSP Architects
Cite: "ASU Polytechnic Campus / Lake|Flato Architects + RSP Architects" 25 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
Read comments
Read comments