OMA-designed School of Architecture, Art, and Planning for Cornell University unveiled.
Designs for a new home for Cornell University’s College were made public yesterday at a press conference held at the School’s campus in Ithaca, New York. The project, which has been in the planning stages since the early 90s, has had several fits and starts. In 2001, Steven Holl was named the winner of an international design competition to design the building. In 2002, Barkow Leibinger of Berlin was awarded the job. Now its Koolhaas’s turn and with the award of this project he returns to Cornell where he studied architecture in the early ‘70s.
The 43,000 square foot structure will expand the current Milstein Hall and connect it to two adjacent buildings, Sibley and Rand Halls. The new multi-storey, glass and steel addition is to include studio spaces, exhibition space, a 300-seat auditorium and a library. The roof is to be a public plaza for convening. Groundbreaking is expected in 2007.
WAN US Correspondent