Statement of Program
415,000 s.f. state-of-the-art learning facility for Kellogg’s team-based pedagogy to serve 2000 Students, 200 faculty, 200 administrative team members, as well as business and civic leaders, academics and alumni.
Contextual Background: In the World of Business Everything Must Change
Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, on Northwestern’s campus and with views of the Chicago skyline directly to the south, every element in the design of the new Global Hub for Kellogg was inspired by the School’s vision to rehabilitate business as a constructive and positive force for the benefit of humanity. The starting point for the design began with the winning competition scheme selected in 2011.
The large, five-storey LEED Platinum building is designed to optimize flexible, adaptable spaces for learning and collaboration at every scale, from 2 to 20, to 200 to 2000. All program spaces converge at Collaboration Plaza, a three-storey atrium where students, faculty and business and civic leaders from around the world gather to share ideas and learn from each other. The Faculty Summit, a two-storey piazza, forms the intellectual soul of the Global Hub, and offers a place for faculty to discuss, debate and find solutions to the pressing issues of the day.
Since opening this year on March 29th, the building has attracted interest from across North America. Blair Kamin of the Chicago Tribune described it as a “carefully wrought, spatially complex design that promises to teach future executives valuable lessons about collaboration, boldness and flexibility.”