Cooper Union’s new academic building by Morphosis is underway
A new academic building for The Cooper Union designed by Thom Mayne of Morphosis is under construction in the East Village neighbourhood of New York City. Designed largely to house Cooper Union’ s School of Engineering, the nine-storey building will also provide space for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Architecture and the School of Art. The building is Morphosis’s first in New York.
Mayne’s ethereal glass and steel building stands in contradistinction to the School’s stone Foundation building located across the street. Mayne’s concept for the building is a “stacked vertical piazza contained within a semi-transparent envelope that articulates the main spaces. The “vertical campus” is organized around an open and connected central atrium that rises the full height of the building and is spanned by sky bridges. On the fourth and eight floors is located the social hub of the building equipped with meeting rooms, seminar rooms, wireless hubs and computer drop in centers. The building’s primary public spaces will be located on the ground level.
The 180,000 square foot building is expected to open in 2008. New York-based Gruzen Samton is Associate Architect for the project.