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The Robert B. Aikens Commons

The Commons is open! Read about the opening celebration, see a slideshow of the event, learn interesting facts about the space, and watch a video about the Commons' grand design and collaborative atmosphere.

A fresh new space and functionality
As the main gathering place for the Law School community, the Robert B. Aikens Commons fills a previously unused space between buildings on the Quad. It is covered by a glass and steel roof that affords breathtaking views of the surrounding stone walls and leaded glass windows. Aikens Commons has two levels: a main floor with a café and a variety of seating options, and a lower level, designed with student social needs in mind. This beautiful, functional gathering place is poised to become the new heart of the Law School.

Rendering of Aikens Commons, main floor.

Aikens Commons during the September 7, 2011, opening celebration.


Main Floor
Lively, light and open, the main floor of Aikens Commons adjoins the first floor of Hutchins Hall and includes a large seating area where students can gather to study in groups or individually, socialize, or meet informally with faculty. Also on the main floor is Kirkland & Ellis Café—a coffee-house style space whose warm welcome helps ensure that Aikens Commons will be the vibrant new heart of the Quad.
Lower Level
The lower level of Aikens Commons is designed with student social and organizational needs in mind. Student groups can meet informally here, or can host seminars or speakers. Floor openings at the perimeter bring in natural light from above and connect the two levels visually.




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