PROGRAM: building for College of Architecture, Art & Planning
CLIENT: Cornell University
SIZE: 70,000 sq ft
The site for the new Department of Architecture building, Milstein Hall, is located at the northeast corner of the Arts Quad, north of the Fall Creek Gorge Bridge, a main thoroughfare for pedestrian traffic onto campus. The new Milstein Hall offers a campus passage at its ground plane which is open to all and makes a new connection to the existing architecture school building, Sibley Hall. Students traveling through the Arts Quad can encounter exhibits of ongoing work in the school, see student projects in the shop, or attend an architecture lecture which is announced along the passage. The shop and lecture hall open directly to the new campus passage, facilitating the “social condenser” aspect of this passage.
The upper levels of the new Architecture School provide a special view connection to the gorge, the campus, and the distant views of Lake Cayuga. This view connects to the Finger Lakes Region’s amazing topography.
Ecological Innovation +
Translucent insulation in structural channel glass planks
Ventilated cavity between channel glass along east and south facades
Walls bring in solar heat when closed in winter
Natural cross ventilation via operable windows in shadow boxes, which let in winter sun and shade out summer sun
Photovoltaic cells on roof directly connected to ceiling fans for summer cooling
- Steven Holl Architects
Steven Holl (design architect)
Stephen O'Dell (project architect)
Tim Bade, Jason Frantzen, Annette Goderbauer, Hideki Hirahara, Li Hu, Paola Iacucci, Matt Johnson, Chris McVoy, Chris Otterbine, Christian Wassmann, Aislinn Weidele (project team)