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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

      Text description provided by the architects. 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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      Cite: "Bill & Melinda Gates Hall / Morphosis Architects" 10 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/565115/bill-and-melinda-gates-hall-morphosis-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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