To develop a new campus precinct, Northeastern University in Boston invited five teams of architects in November 2012 to prepare design proposals for a master plan and the design of a 100,000-square-foot Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building.
Diamond Schmitt Architects, as one of two finalists, developed a comprehensive plan for a new academic commons connected across the Amtrak main rail corridor to the existing campus. The plan established a new presence for Northeastern both to the rail corridor and to the neighbouring community on Columbus Avenue.
The architecture captures the flow of student and faculty connection, shapes places for collaboration and community and creates a fluid architecture for innovation in the 21st century.
Designed to net carbon zero and energy consumption 70% lower than the Model National Energy Code, the precinct proposed transparency, a mix of uses and state of the art research lab efficiency.