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SOM Adds Character Development Center to U.S. Air Force Campus in Colorado

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Source: Designboom

in 1954, global architecture practice SOM completed a campus for the united states air force academy in colorado springs. 62 years later, the firm returns to the site with a new building that serves as an education and research facility. the ‘center for character & leadership development’ (CCLD) creates a new architectural landmark for the campus, serving as a visual counterpoint to the academy’s distinctive cadet chapel...

the CCLD features a dramatic 105-foot skylight that floods the interior with natural light. the glass-enclosed structure has been aligned with the north star, which—according to SOM—signifies the academy’s guiding values.

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