Affectionately dubbed “the Tink,” Case Western’s new student center defies traditional building shapes. Let’s call it a three-winged, multi-tiered polygon of glass and grass. No, not that kind -- the grass covering the “vegetative green roof” helped it receive LEED Gold Status from the US Green Building Council. Everything in the Tink feels wide open -- even the chairs -- sturdy and comfy, great for studying -- have backs that go up forever. The panoramic glass walls let in plenty of natural light for the 10 days of the year that it’s sunny in Cleveland.
The Grand Ballroom, nearly 8,000sqft, has in the past year alone hosted the likes of Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, contemporary fantasy icon Neil Gaiman, and podcast titan Sarah Koenig. Be sure to sit on the outdoor balconies to take in the rest of the campus’ impressively eclectic architecture -- the Peter B. Lewis building, Case’s flirtation with Arthur C. Clarke-ish futurism, and designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, lies just northeast of the Tink.