Gallery: Angular Glass Winter Garden at SUNY New Paltz Is Inspired by N...

A rock-climber's paradise, the Shawagunk Ridge, visible from the State University of New York in New Paltz, forms such an intrinsic part of the school's student life that ikon.5 architects incorporated its shape into the new campus commons. Prefabricated using natural and recyclable materials such as glass and steel, the inviting winter garden extension acts as the University's new gateway, and livens up what has long been a neglected space. It is also oriented to harvest plenty of natural daylight and warmth, and features a heat recovery system.

The new Commons was made out of a structural tube stress skin system fitted with ceramic-fritted glass that was digitally enhanced to mimic the nearby Shawagunk tectonic plates. Designed to create a stellar first-impression for anyone entering the campus, it also serves a handful of practical functions as the food canteen, bookstore, entertainment and meeting area, and a place where students and the public can gather informally. It is completely free of columns, and only took two weeks to erect in full. At 12,000 square feet, this gorgeous angular structure is far more welcoming, not to mention green, than the beastly two concrete buildings it is stuck between.

+ ikon.5 architects

images via Peter Mauss

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1 Comment

  1. Matthew Spart February 18, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    It has one tree display and lots of furniture and this makes it a garden?