Artist's renditioning of Sciences Crossroads building

The Imagination Corridor

A new take on the future of NC State’s historic heart blends science, creativity and the power of imagination.

Imagine This on Campus

The Imagination Corridor, paralleling the east-west orientation of Hillsborough Street, is an idea to create a one-of-a-kind campus environment that highlights science and creativity. It would link David Clark Labs with SAS Hall, an area home to most of the College of Sciences but shared by all of NC State. The Crossroads building on the former Harrelson Hall site would be its heart, attracting visitors in and then leading them out to other areas along the corridor.

Along the way would be Imagination Labs, dynamic displays of collaborative technology, and a curiosity bar where students could help their peers find answers to questions on anything from research to career paths. Technology access points throughout the corridor would allow visitors to interact with the structures and displays.

This project is in the planning phase. Check back here and follow our Twitter and Facebook pages for updates.

Imagination Corridor Map

Bringing Science Into Public View

The College of Sciences occupies some of the most desirable real estate on NC State’s historic North Campus, an area home to many campus activities and adjacent to Hillsborough Street’s vibrant restaurants, shops and community events. The location offers a unique opportunity to engage the campus and surrounding community in our work by bringing our scientific and creative processes out of walled labs and buildings and into public view.

The demolition of the iconic Harrelson Hall in the summer of 2016 gives NC State the opportunity to create this engaging, one-of-a-kind campus environment. On that site would be the Crossroads building, an iconic, engaging structure that blends form and function in a way that brings international attention to NC State’s historic core, much like the Hunt Library has for Centennial Campus. The building could feature an open atrium with community gathering space, as well as a “sky lab” that brings science to life in a glass-enclosed top floor of the building.

Throughout the corridor would be Imagination Labs — small and flexible pavilion-like buildings that could be installed on pedestrian-friendly areas of campus for a few weeks or months as interactive displays of public science. Some of the ideas for the lab designs were created by students.