Watt Family Innovation Center / Perkins+Will

Watt Family Innovation Center / Perkins+Will

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  • Architects: Perkins+Will
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 77000.0 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016
  • Photographs Photographs: Jonathan Hillyer, Michelle Litvin
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: ACGI, Haworth, Signify
  • Mep: RMF Engineering, Inc.
  • Structural: 4SE
  • Civil: Dutton Engineering
  • Audio/Visual: Mechdyne Corporation
  • It: DataCom Design Group
  • Fire Protection: Miles Engineering
  • Commissioning: Integral Group
  • Contractor: Turner Construction
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© Jonathan Hillyer
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Text description provided by the architects. Clemson University’s Watt Family Innovation Center provides a unique environment in which advanced instructional technologies foster student engagement and industry partnerships to address real-world problems. Located on a long, narrow site adjacent to a vibrant and active campus quadrangle, the facility engages passersby and invites students to take ideas from concept to marketplace by the use of its rich program spaces.

Site Plans and Diagrams
Site Plans and Diagrams

The building is massed as two truncated triangles slipping past one another and forming entry points. The west side triangle is more solid to support core facilities and cross-discipline laboratories. The transparent east side opens up and flows into the quadrangle by way of an arcade that creates a north-south pedestrian path with views into an open gallery and atrium space. A roof terrace overlooking the quadrangle is located on the top floor of the east side.

© Jonathan Hillyer
© Jonathan Hillyer
© Jonathan Hillyer
© Jonathan Hillyer

Putting innovation on display is a central aim of the design. Layers of full-glass walls create feelings of openness and a vibrant buzz of activity. At the campus scale, a 210-foot long mesh media display acts as an outward manifestation of the technologically-enabled innovation taking place within the building. The façade creates an impactful digital canvas while still enabling light to penetrate the exterior, allowing views into and out of the center, and acting as a shading device. The Watt Family Innovation Center will enable students to pursue ideas from concept to reality by using 21st Century technology and facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration within an inspiring space.

© Jonathan Hillyer
© Jonathan Hillyer

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Address: Sigma Dr, Clemson, South Carolina, United States

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Cite: "Watt Family Innovation Center / Perkins+Will" 16 Jul 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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