To approach an institution and campus like the United States Air Force Academy is to be awash in metaphors made concrete. The original campus by Walter Netsch of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) was conceived as a theater of discipline in the rocky mesas above Coloardo Springs. There, using a seven-foot grid module inspired by tatami mats, Netsch produced a thickened, rectilinear landscape punctuated by the virtuosic 1963 Cadet Chapel. Sited across the honor court, and just offset from the view corridor Netsch sought to maintain is the 105-foot glass and steel skylight of Polaris Hall, the new home of the academy’s Center for Character and Leadership Development (CCLD) designed by SOM.
SOM in the Press
SOM Delivers a Bold but Fitting Addition to the United States Air Force Academy
Source: The Architect's Newspaper