INHABITAT TOUR: NYC’s LEED Platinum Cooper Union Academy

by , 12/28/09

sustainable design, green design, green building, 41 Cooper Square, East Village, Gruzen Samton, LEED platinum, Morphosis, new york city, sustainable architecture, The Cooper Union, Thom Mayne

The building’s exterior program also plays a key role in shaping the interior spaces of the academic and laboratory building. Naturally lit by an abundance of interior windows (masked behind the screened facade), the interior spaces were developed to foster collaboration and dialogue between the three schools — art, architecture and engineering — that are housed within the building.

The interior spaces are designed around a full-height grand atrium with a 20-foot wide four-story linear central staircase encased in a curvaceous lattice that ascends from the ground floor up. Upper-level balconies allow views across and into the atrium, which provides a connective thread between the school, the building and the city beyond. Inside the new building, students are able to glimpse across Third Avenue to see the Cooper Union Foundation Building a short distance away. The building also features an exhibition gallery, auditorium, lounge, and multi-purpose and retail spaces that benefit from 75% daylighting. The use of natural light helps reduce the need for artificial light, thus increasing energy savings.

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  1. June 26, 2010 at 11:51 am

    THAT UGLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! maarhroom :p

  2. Betty Laehr December 30, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I’m sorry, but, with all due respect, GIVE ME the grey stone building on the left any day. The grey stone building is beautifully rich and in one glance mirrors hundreds of years of human art, history and design and is done on a wonderfully human scale. In comparison, this Cooper Union bldg, for me, is very cold, reflects nothing of man and done on what feels like a cosmic scale. In fact raising it next to this beautiful grey stone building on the left seems………rude. :( Betty.

  3. cyana December 29, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    you should have used our pictures, they are, lets say…. more artsy :)

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