Klarchek Information Commons
On the shores of Lake Michigan, Loyola University Chicago’s Information Commons serves as a hub for students with an open, daylight setting design and breathtaking views. Realizing the need for a collaborative space for web-based research, the Information Commons is a library of the digital age. This LEED Silver building combines computer technology and innovative building systems with an inspirational, open and flexible design to celebrate a new era of campus architecture focused on student collaboration and resource conservation.
Collaborating with German based Transsolar KlimaEngineering, SCB’s design integrates a modern architectural vision with existing Art Deco buildings to create a space maximizing comfort while reducing energy consumption by 52%. The concept of a transparent, open link between the university’s past and future is achieved with glass walls enclosed between limestone “bookends” using materials, scale, and details similar to those of the existing historic buildings. Matching the Information Commons’ inventive library program is an equally innovative approach to mechanical and structural systems, utilizing passive computer-controlled technologies to attain energy efficiency.