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

Green roof gardens and terraces provide insulation to the interior spaces of the building while minimizing the “urban heat island” effect so prevalent in Manhattan. They also reduce the flow of storm water runoff and pollutants into city sewers.

Some other eco-friendly features present throughout the building include: radiant ceiling panels, a co-generation plant that transfers excessive heat into electrical energy, recycled and renewable finishes and materials, advanced air quality systems, bicycle storage and parking spaces for low-emission and clean air vehicles, high energy-related systems, and express elevators.

Built to LEED Gold standards, 41 Cooper Square was recently certified as the first LEED Platinum academic building in New York City.

+ Morphosis Architects

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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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