The campus took cues from the region’s many chicken farms. These land parcels tend to be organized in an east-west orientation and with multiple agricultural structures. Split to become a ‘Y’ shaped plan, the Reels building has a predominantly east-west orientation to control solar gain and its folded form creates ever-changing light conditions, reaching out to the landscape and bringing in the sky. In addition to adapting heritage farmstead practices, Reels’ and Wheels’ metal rooflines also “pitch and roll” to evoke flight paying tribute to modern innovation and the area’s history of flight.
Photo credit: Tim Hursley