Doesn't it seem like Cornell Tech's Roosevelt Island campus is the architectural gift that just keeps on giving? The team behind the technology-focused development recently unveiled renderings for the final stage of phase one of the project: the Verizon Executive Education Center and Hotel. Designed by Snøhetta, the two buildings will serve as “the front door for the campus", and join The Bridge, the school's tech incubator; the Bloomberg Center, an academic space; and a 26-story residential tower that will be the first high-rise Passive House construction in the world.
Andrew Winters, Cornell Tech’s senior director of capital projects, referred to the two buildings, which will be located at the university’s entrance, as “the front door of the campus”. The 195-room, metal and glass hotel will open up into an outdoor plaza, which will act as an inviting community space for staff and students as well as visitors to the university. Guests of the hotel will also be able to enjoy its onsite restaurant, rooftop lounge, and cafe.
The hotel will be connected to the Executive Education Center by a shared hallway. The Center will hold various functions and will accommodate up to 300 people, as well as four 50- to 75-seat classrooms. According to the renderings, the exterior will be made of natural wood and aluminum, quite a deviation from the project’s more sleek design.
According to DNAinfo, the building plans are currently awaiting approval from the city’s Public Design Commission, but if all goes as planned, completion is slated for 2019. However, the entire Cornell Tech master plan is not expected to be fully completed until 2043.
Images courtesy of Cornell Tech and Snohetta via DNAinfo