Thom Mayne of Morphosis architecture firm took this legacy into account when designing the new building of the Cooper Union, a plant with 16,m2 containing studios, classrooms and laboratories to develop programs of art, architecture and engineering.
The building has been defined as a vertical square stacked, organized around a central atrium that encourages social exchange. Internally, the building is conceived as a vehicle to foster collaboration and interdisciplinary dialogue between the three schools of the university, previously located in separate buildings.
This vertical square is the social heart of the building, providing a place for impromptu or scheduled meetings, student meetings, conferences, and intellectual debate that defines the academic environment.
The central space, a vertical square, designed for the social, intellectual and creative exchange is the heart of the new academic building. From the entrance hall, whose height reaches the top floor, a grand staircase of 6. The grand staircase is used for both ascent and recreational space for students. In many lobbies different plants intended for socialization of students, numerous meeting spaces, closets and seating areas overlooking the cityscape, always around the central atrium are located.
Primary elevators stop at the first, fifth and eighth floors, encouraging passengers to use the big stairs and overpasses. Side stop at every floor, in compliance with regulations and to be used for certain tasks such as moving materials, artworks or equipment.
The academic program includes laboratory and exhibition halls, hall, lounge, multipurpose space and commercial premises. Designed primarily to house the School of Engineering and the Cooper Union School of Art, the first 8 floors above ground are devoted to classrooms, small engineering labs, study rooms, art studio space, and faculty offices.
The 9th floor, is completely dedicated to the Art School, in addition to the art studio spaces located throughout the building. The lowest basement is almost completely occupied by grades garages school and design labs, and much of the infrastructure and supply air conditioning. The first basement of the building mainly houses the Auditorium Frederick P.
Rose, a smaller conference room, attendees, designed as an alternative to the Grand Chamber. Also Menschel Conference Room on the first basement provides space for both classes as for meetings, with a system of high definition video conferencing linked to two other similar spaces on the upper floors of the building.
An undulating lattice envelopes a foot wide grand stair which ascends four stories from the ground level through the sky-lit central atrium, which itself reaches to the full height of the building. This vertical piazza is the social heart of the building, providing a place for impromptu and planned meetings, student gatherings, lectures, and for the intellectual debate that defines the academic environment.
From the double-high entry lobby, the grand stair ascends four stories to terminate in a glazed double-high student lounge overlooking the city.
On the fifth through ninth floors, sky lobbies and meeting places, including a student lounge, seminar rooms, lockers, and seating areas overlooking the cityscape, are organized around the central atrium. Sky bridges span the atrium to create connections between these informal spaces. Educational Project. Drawing courtesy Morphosis Axonometric Site Plan. Radiant heating and cooling ceiling panels introduce innovative HVAC technology that will boost energy efficiency. This contributes to making the new building 40 percent more energy efficient than a standard building of its type.
A full-height atrium enables unique circulation for building occupants, improves the flow of air and provides increased interior day lighting. A cogeneration plant provides additional power to the building, recovers waste heat and effectively cuts energy costs.
Flexible state-of-the-art laboratories, studios and classrooms are specifically designed to accommodate pedagogical objectives, as well as current and future research activities. You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.
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