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Bill & Melinda Gates Hall / Morphosis

  • 01:00 - 10 November, 2014
Bill & Melinda Gates Hall / Morphosis
Bill & Melinda Gates Hall / Morphosis, © 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 SpecsLess Specs
Bill & Melinda Gates Hall / Morphosis, © 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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4 Comments

j · April 08, 2015

so random :(

Taliesyn · November 18, 2014

Yeah,this looks like the extent of creative imagination that the Gate's apparently have. Such a thoroughly sterile design where they sole point of interest is the underlighting of the ground entrance ceiling. Ithaca should be appropriately embarrassed by this design non-entity. The only worse choice could've been something by that other totally overblown starchitect , Frank Gehry , whose designs look like he just had them dropped from helicopter delivery already at the blueprint stage. Amazing to see the Gates invest in any campus when I well-remember he was once on C-Span, at a Congressional hearing as the sole advocate, advocating the allowing more visa's for foreign code workers when he had plenty of a disposable $1 billion to build his own university to train American students, there's a concept , to his Windows' sub-standards. This building design says it all. Pathetic lack of imagination. Give me a Calatrava or a Hadid or a Callebaut or even a revived Frank Lloyd Wright unbuilt design any day to this depth bereft of any creative imagination . But then again it aptly demonstrates Gate's level of aesthetic. What a waste of building materials.
Ithica deserves what it built.

Lloyd Christmas · November 10, 2014

Is it too late to bring Rotondi back?

lele · November 10, 2014 07:56 PM

do you by any chance know why he left in the first place?

Arch-boy87 · November 10, 2014

Cray

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