After London, Boston, Shanghai and Dubai, the internationally active Hult Global Business School has now also opened a campus in San Francisco’s sophisticated banking district, in order to give local students of economics the most solid and contemporary education possible. The vision of the institute’s management for the new campus was to give students a place to study that was good to work in, but which simultaneously reflected the school’s progressive attitude. Perhaps hardly anywhere was better suited for this than Levi’s Plaza, one of the liveliest places in an otherwise extremely vibrant city.
Since the building opened its doors there in August 2010 after costly renovations, it has been a combined training and communications centre to an international clientele from a total of 129 countries, and completely redefines the concept of the business school as we understand it. It was decided early in the planning process to leave the naked concrete honeycombs of the ceiling cladding, because it was thought that they would be ideally suited for accentuating service and design. And that’s exactly how it is: in the central areas, lighting strips of various lengths and intensity not only provide the necessary brightness, but also directly illuminate the floor and ceiling to make the contrast between material nakedness and colorful opulence, and help the spaces to achieve a modern and sophisticated presence. In contrast to this, the round lights, which are arranged in different, occasionally random patterns, are used to strictly define separated spaces, especially offices and auditoriums, and use clear light to give them a radiant and creative aura.