SUNY Morrisville State College has transformed a historic arched agricultural building into a new LEED Silver work center. Designed by Perkins Eastman Architects, the adaptive reuse project has created an open and airy space for the Center for Design and Technology. The former dairy barn was a recognizable symbol on the college’s campus, and it's now a symbol of the school's commitment to sustainability.
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