ELAB-Experiential and Immersive Learning Center

Student: Seungeun Lee

School: Van Loan School at Endicott College

ELAB is the experiential and immersive learning center for the Interior Architecture Program in the School of Visual and Performing Arts. An innovative 20,000 square-foot space in the heart of the college will provide space for research, study, and exploration. The primary goal for this design is exploring what a meaningful space is and how it can influence human reactions. ELAB’s focus on innovation is seen in this new type of learning space that allows room to think but is also integrated with the college. With expansive views, a series of public green spaces, and a seamless integration of indoor and outdoor areas, the building is one of the most environmentally friendly and energy-efficient spaces on campus.  The design concept has two parts: one is from the shape of the coil and the other is from the meaning of piazza. The learning process can be a journey that can take a long time. To “spiral” is defined as to wind into a continuous shape, gather into loops, and to journey longer than the most direct way.  The coil and spiral shapes will apply to the whole building and several spaces within it. Primarily, the indoor/outdoor gardens will continuously connect throughout the ELAB. Using the intention of Piazza by Italian architect Renzo Piano in combination with the shapes of the spiral and coil, this project will meet the purpose of the ELAB and Endicott College’s spirit and mission. The piazza allows one to be “in the moment,” and is a place that users can define through their personal experience. It can be a flexible, very inviting place, and a human-centered place, leading to an immersive experience.

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Beverly, MA