New images released of Cornell’s Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island by Morphosis
To mark the beginning of the land use review process for its new 12-acre campus on Roosevelt Island, New York, Cornell University has released new images of the project including preliminary renderings of its first academic building. Designed by Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects the academic building will be the first structure to realized on the net zero energy campus, which is being master planned by Skidmore Owings and Merrill, LLP.
The campus “won’t look like any other university campus that exists today,” said by Daniel Httenlocher, Dean of Cornell Tech. “We are determined to innovate in every aspect of the development, from the way that students, faculty, researchers, industry and local community are intermingled, to the sustainability of our buildings and their iconic architecture.”
The campus is being designed to connect with the city and with Roosevelt Island, welcoming the public via a new north-south pedestrian spine that opens onto a series of central open spaces, highlighted by a large public cafe on the ground floor of the academic building that spills into the open space in good weather. The current plan to achieve net-zero energy for the academic building is via a rooftop photovoltaic canopy that will generate much of the energy needed to make it one of the largest energy neutral buildings in the country.
The review process for the entire campus kicks off this week. Construction is slated to beginning 2014 with the first phase of the campus to open in 2017. The first phase of the project includes the new academic building, a corporate co-location building, an executive education center with hotel facilities, a residential building for students and faculty and 125,000 sq ft of open space. At full build in 2037, the campus will accommodate up to 2.1 million sq ft of development and house approximately 2,000 full-time graduate students.
Cornell University, with its academic partner the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, was selected in December 2011 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to build the applied science and engineering campus, currently located in Chelsea until the permanent campus opens. The new campus is offering a distinctive model of graduate tech education that fuses educational excellence with real-world commercial applications and entrepreneurship, rooted in the latest academic research.