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  7. Bill & Melinda Gates Hall / Morphosis Architects

Bill & Melinda Gates Hall / Morphosis Architects

  • 01:00 - 10 November, 2014
Bill & Melinda Gates Hall / Morphosis Architects
Bill & Melinda Gates Hall / Morphosis Architects, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Doublespace Photography  © Roland Halbe + 60

    • Landscape Architect

      Code Consultants Professional Engineers, P.C. & Morphosis
    • Fire Protection

      Syska Hennessy Group, Inc
    • Structural Engineer

      Thornton Tomasetti Group, Inc.
    • MEP Engineer

      Syska Hennessy Group, Inc.
    • Civil Engineer

      Code Consultants Professional Engineers, P.C.
    • Specifications

      Construction Specifications
    • Geotechnical Engineer

      John P. Stopen Engineering, LLP
    • Lighting

      Syska Hennessy Group, Inc
    • Acoustical Consultant

      Shen Milsom & Wilke, Inc.
    • Code Consultant

      Code Consultants Professional Engineers, P.C.
    • General Contractor

      Welliver
    • Audiovisual/IT Consultant

      Shen Milsom & Wilke, Inc.
    • Facade Consultant

      Thornton Tomasetti Group, Inc.
    • Construction Management

      Welliver
    • Sustainability

      Davis Langdon
    • Façade Construction

      Zahner
    • Client

      Cornell University
    • Site Area

      1.3 Acres
    • Cost Estimator

      Davis Langdon
    • More Specs Less Specs
    Bill & Melinda Gates Hall / Morphosis Architects, © Roland Halbe
    © Roland Halbe

    From the architect. Neighboring the historic Barton Hall and Hoy Field, Gates Hall re-energizes a previously underutilized campus corner, creating a new campus gateway and frontage. Surfaced in vibrant stainless steel panels, the building’s cantilevered entry canopy covers an outdoor plaza and student social space also defined by native landscaping and sculptural forms. The performative steel skin wraps the exterior façade in an angular weave, shading interior classrooms and creating a continuously dynamic and transformative surface. Advanced digital modeling tools used in designing the pattern, geometry, and details of the skin speak to the profound impact of computing on the arts and sciences.

    © Roland Halbe
    © Roland Halbe
    Plan 01
    Plan 01

    Northwest Façade Diagram West Atrium Façade Panels West Elevation Plan 00 + 60

    The building program is organized to foster serendipitous social and academic exchanges, extending education beyond traditional classroom settings. Primary circulation is organized around a glazed atrium on the west side of the building where a full-height glass facade, skylights, and interior envelope of fritted glass reveal a nexus of activity on all floors. Ringed with informal study and collaborative spaces, the atrium provides literal and visible connections across disciplines. Encounters and impromptu charettes are facilitated by regular alcove spaces in the corridors, where the floor-to-ceiling glazing lining classrooms and offices becomes a transforming canvas for graphics, blackboard equations, and casual notes.

    © Doublespace Photography
    © Doublespace Photography
    Exploded Axonometric
    Exploded Axonometric

    Gates Hall’s integrated sustainability systems express Cornell’s commitment to environmental stewardship, using multiple strategies to create healthier environments, reduce energy consumption, and preserve natural resources. Designed for ample daylight penetration, Gates Hall employs openness and transparency to create work environments that are more healthful for students, both physically and mentally. The high-performance glass façade, perforated metal shading screens, and mechanical system using campus lake-source cooling contribute to Gates Hall achieving 30% lower energy usage than a typical academic building. To decrease the environmental impact of construction, local/regional, recycled and renewable building materials are used throughout the building

    © Doublespace Photography
    © Doublespace Photography
    © Doublespace Photography
    © Doublespace Photography
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