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OSU South Campus Chiller Plant

Ross Barney Architects

America settentrionale | Columbus

At the edge of Ohio State University’s South Campus amidst parking lots and access roads, the new chilled water production plant for the Medical Faculty is striking in its architectural design. The result is an iconic marker signposting the southern entrance to the University.

While meeting tough energy efficiency and production requirements for the water-cooling plant, the programme extends well beyond the standard architecture for an essentially unmanned infrastructure facility, producing a highly distinctive addition to the university campus. The choice of materials and the way they have been put together to form the outer walls take the building to a higher level, creating architecture of excellence.

The elevations of this parallelepiped appear to comprise a series of dynamic segments, giving the impression of a succession of walls whose aspect changes...

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