The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College is the new home for the college’s nationally acclaimed graduate program in business and entrepreneurship. As an addition to the 1920s Luksic Hall, the design challenge for the center was to blend with the existing campus buildings, but “break out of the box” with a new energy that reflects the educational FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio and the creative spirit of American commercial enterprise.
A special feature of the building is an exhibit display area with interactive programs that educates students, visitors and program participants about the role of entrepreneurship in American culture. The exhibit area also highlights famous graduates, and their entrepreneurial ideas and products. Hanging displays of everyday products that were created by entrepreneurs bring alive the subject for exhibit viewers.
A teleconferencing center, cyberforum and archive resource center connected to the Babson Library provide sophisticated electronic communications for a variety of instructional and learning styles.
The interior space was planned to enhance casual and formal interaction among students and faculty. An atrium and rotunda is designed as a meeting place for collegial encounters. A second-floor reception terrace provides space to host gatherings for students, faculty, visiting dignitaries and scholars.
Photographer: ©Edward Jacoby