Architectural Abstracts at NC State

Last Friday, my wife and I traveled to NC State University to pick up my oldest son at the conclusion of his Computer Engineering Summer Camp.  The closing presentation for parents was held on the Centennial Campus.  Buildings in this innovative technology and research park includes a host of contemporary architectural features.  I was immediately drawn to an open stairwell inside a large atrium in the Engineering II building.  Here I found several outstanding photographic opportunities.

Engineering II Atrium
Engineering II Atrium
Engineering II Stairwell Abstract
Engineering II Stairwell Abstract
Chilled Water Plant Abstract
Chilled Water Plant Abstract

Afterwards we were back at the residence hall on the east side of the main campus.  The previous Sunday, I had eyed the adjacent Chilled Water Central Plant as a potential composition.  At that time, it was later in the day and the backlit building unfortunately didn’t offer much.  However, this time it was earlier in the day and the lighting was much better.  I was able to compose some interesting shots with strong shape and tonal contrast.

After loading up my son’s gear we walked over to the new Talley Student Union to have lunch.  I soon lost my family as I was drawn to the beautiful lines, shapes and large welcoming open spaces.  The overhead shot below (Talley Student Union Abstract) turned out to be a great find.  The square marble textured floors and window frame shadows contrasted nicely with the contemporary seating and lounging students.

My favorite shot of the day, has to be the Technology Tower Abstract image.  The tower represents the University’s commitment to STEM disciplines.  I almost missed the sword like structure next to the tower.  Laying down on the ground I was able to take a couple of images and stitch them together with LIghtroom’s new Panorama Merge feature.  The clouds and architectural shapes in this image are quite striking.  Or at least I think they are!

Talley Student Union Abstract
Talley Student Union Abstract
Technology Tower Abstract
Technology Tower Abstract

All the images in this post were processed to emulate black & white film.  Click on an image to see a higher resolution image from my portfolio site.