Iowa State University AG Innovation (concept work): Iowa State Research Park

The Iowa State University Research Park turned to Accord Architecture for a creative study of a potential agricultural “think-tank” type of building. ISU’s goal was to bring together entrepenuerial companies in the field of agriculture into one building with a common center area that has shared amenities for meetings and support spaces. This “mall” concept for Ag tenants promotes cross-pollination ideas.

Iowa’s agriculture can be seen through the lens of pattern, light, texture, and iconic building forms. The entrance structure’s gable roof form is an abstract version of a barn seen on so many Iowa farmsteads. Openings in this barn-like form provide opportunities for light that might be experienced in a corn crib. A staircase to the second level navigates around a round bin within this tall entrance structure. Flying over Iowa reveals field patterns that can be found in the precast concrete panel texture of this conceptual building.

Rendering, ISU AG Innovation