With about 1,650 students, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the only accredited aviation university in the world. This new 32,500-square-foot Library and Learning Center is the first project in the university’s updated master plan.
The design concept for the Udvar-Hazy library uses flight as a metaphor. The building is composed of metal and glass, and seems to CAPACITY1,650COST PER SQ FT$235.21FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio above the ground. The building’s main entry is defined by an internally illuminated staircase that evokes the technological underpinnings of aeronautical education. The ascending staircase evokes flight, lifting students from the classrooms on the first floor to the resource center and commons on the second floor. The second level cantilevers in two directions; coupled with extensive glass, the space encourages informal learning surrounded by limitless views of the horizon.