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Dairy Barn Transformed into Gorgeous LEED Silver Design and Technology Center on SUNY Campus
Posted By Lori Zimmer On June 6, 2012 @ 11:20 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery | No Comments
The new Center for Design and Technology creates a new entrance for the Morrisville campus. The character of the former dairy barn  is preserved, rising in a wood-clad arch that overlooks the campus. Perkins Eastman gave the barn a modern and sustainable facelift, by replacing the entire front façade and part of the base with energy efficient glass , which floods the interior with natural light, reducing the need for artificial light throughout. At night, the former barn glows with energy efficient LED lights from the inside, bearing a sculptural shape of the reclaimed barn from afar.
Inside, the sky-high ceiling is divided up with mezzanine spaces, which are connected by catwalks. An exterior spiral staircase was built to the side of the barn structure , to mimic the shape of the grain silo  that once stood on the site. The space is divided into communal areas, digital production and photography departments, a woodshop, prototyping machines, and classrooms where—not so ironically—sustainable architecture is taught.
The sprawling new center serves as a living model of the sustainable design courses taught inside, while also preserving the history  of the Morrisville Campus area.
Via Arch Daily 
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 SUNY Morrisville State College: http://www.morrisville.edu/facilities/designcenter.aspx
 LEED Silver work center: http://inhabitat.com/richard-meier-partners-unveils-plans-for-an-eco-office-in-rio-de-janeiro/
 Perkins Eastman Architects: http://perkinseastman.com/projectDetails.aspx?p=3407203&c=2400014&pn=Higher%20Education&pa=3408924
 former dairy barn: http://inhabitat.com/atelier-bardill-features-a-stamped-pattern-facade-and-circular-cut-courtyard/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/dairy-barn-transformed-into-gorgeous-leed-silver-design-and-technology-center-at-suny/perkins-eastman-suny2/
 former dairy barn: http://inhabitat.com/stealth-barn-is-a-striking-black-guest-house-converted-from-a-plain-barn/
 energy efficient glass: http://inhabitat.com/sou-fujimotos-glassy-house-na-blurs-the-distinction-between-indoor-and-outdoor-space/
 barn structure: http://inhabitat.com/photos-san-franciscos-southern-pacific-brewing-is-a-tree-filled-beer-sanctuary-in-a-renovated-warehouse/
 grain silo: http://inhabitat.com/trees-take-root-in-abandoned-silos-in-american-farming-communities/
 preserving the history: http://inhabitat.com/quaint-elizabethan-manor-house-museum-is-transformed-with-golden-extensions/
 Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/241367/suny-perkins-eastman/
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