Florida Polytechnic is the state’s newest public university (classes opened in August of 2014). It’s in Lakeland along the south side of I-4 where it intersects the Florida Parkway (570). If you’ve driven by recently, you’ve almost certainly noticed their Innovation, Science and Technology building.
IST building at dusk, from the east side
For anyone interested in architectural photography, this place is a special treat. It’s beautiful during the golden hours, but there are also many interesting viewpoints, perspectives, angles, and details you can find at other times of day.
Second floor exterior, on the west side
After sunset, the interior and exterior lighting and colors add even more drama to the scenes.
Polytech University 1 (Photo by Tom Matthews, used with permission)
The building and campus layout were designed by Dr. Santiago Calatrava Valls, A Spanish architect, structural engineer, sculptor, and painter. Besides being beautiful, it’s also very innovative – there are automatic louvers on the roof that adjust to changes in sunlight.
Parking is not difficult as there are paid parking lots available near the building. You probably won’t be allowed inside the building unless you make prior arrangements. But for exterior shots, the campus seems very photographer friendly.
You can view their photography guidelines at this link(sorry, no longer available). If you do go, you might consider combining this photo-op with another one that’s close by – the Airstream Ranch. (Sorry, the Airstream Ranch is no longer there!)
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Now – go make some photos!
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