One of my big design ideas at this point is an atrium to allow for a central gathering place connecting the whole building as well as lots of natural lighting throughout the building. My first inspiration is the Cleveland Museum of Art:
Another inspiration is the Hankook Technoplex in Seoul:
The space feels very open and inviting, which are characteristics I want to bring to my project. The floors spiraling around the atrium also creates an intriguing visual at the ground floor.
Another main design idea is a green roof or roof garden. This will help encourage sustainability by capturing excess stormwater and potentially using it as a way to teach sustainable gardening as well as adding a visually striking element. However, this also presents a structural challenge due to the weight this adds to the roof. My first inspiration is the California Academy of Sciences:
My second inspiration for this is this rooftop flower farm on an apartment building in Berkeley: