A week before Florida Polytechnic University opened for classes in the fall semester of 2014, Macbeth Photo was invited by the general contractor on the project to spend three days photographing this incredible building.
Designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, it is not just a beautiful structure, but also an engineering marvel.
The 162,000 sq. ft. Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) Building, the signature element of the Lakeland, FL campus that is clearly visible from I-4, is topped by a 250-foot long skylight shading system with 94 louvered arms that raise and lower to track the sun. This means that the direct sunlight is effectively blocked, leaving the glass roof open to the indirect sky light all day.
Macbeth Photo worked closely with the team from Skanska USA, and the representative from Atlantic Industrial Technolgies who controlled the louvers for us during our shoot. Three days of pre-dawn to after-dusk shooting resulted in hundreds of still images, as well as the time lapse video above.