and is the conceptual and physical circulatory system of the building,” said Masuda.
“Bookshelves and individual and group study spaces branch out from the library to the
upper floors and double as primary circulation paths for all building occupants. This
network of library spaces minimizes the need for long, linear corridors that often segregate building occupants, and actively encourages intellectual and social interchange
between students, faculty and visitors throughout the building.”
In line with the building’s forward-thinking design and vision, sustainability was a key
driver in the design of the Beus Center.
One of the sustainable highlights of the
building is its dynamic, undulating façade.
It is self-shading by responding to solar
orientation and has a saw-toothed config-
uration comprised of locally sourced sand-
stone with aluminum and glass windows.
“The façade is unitized and factory-as-
sembled, both to assure quality and to