The new Mori Hosseini Student Union building by ikon.5 architects draws inspiration from soaring birds and aviation and adapts its design to the student aviation activities that use its space

Daytona Beach, Florida, USA

Overlooking the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, ikon.5 architects have created a new student building for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University that includes a triple-height amphitheater-style common area, accompanied by dining and lounge areas, offices, library, and event center.

Inspired by graceful birds in flight, the Mori Hosseini Student Union at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is an expression of the university’s mission to teach the science, practice and business of aviation and space.

Located at the entrance to its Daytona Beach campus, the building’s gently hovering form, expressive of flight, creates an iconic identity for the university and embodies its student values ​​of fearlessness, adventure and discovery.

For its inspiring design, the Mori Hosseini Student Union at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has recently been awarded a 2022 International Architecture Award by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

Programmatically, the 177,000-square-foot (16,444 square meter) student union building is an aeronautical atheneum, combining social learning spaces, an events center, club offices, student offices, career services, dining, and the university library.

A floating, triple-height common area integrates the collaborative social and learning environments.

Lounges, dining areas, group study spaces, club and organization offices, career services, student affairs, and the university library enclose the common areas, culminating in a multi-story amphitheater that overlooks the common areas and building entrance.

An event center that can accommodate up to 900 people is located on the first floor.

The top floor houses the university library, which is set under a dynamic 200-foot arched skylight that opens to the sky.

A second-floor rooftop terrace allows students to view the adjacent runway at Daytona International Airport and beyond to rocket launches from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral.

Creating this athenaeum of programmatic spaces for students of aeronautics and space technology in a building that epitomizes the fearlessness and discovery of flight has given Embry-Riddle an iconic main building that aptly expresses its mission.

Structurally expressive steel forms and curvilinear organic spaces create a language inspired by aeronautics.

Project: Mori Hosseini Student Union at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Architects: icon.5 architects
Landscape Architects: Prosser, Inc.
Lighting designer: Fisher Marantz Stone
Construction Engineering: Thornton Tomasetti
Civil Engineer: Parker Mynchenberg & Associates
General Contractor: Barton Malow Company
Client: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Photographer: Brad Feinknopf Photography

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