The Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech Designed by Morphosis Celebrates Formal Opening

Innovative Building is Academic Hub of New Applied Science Campus with Aspiration to Be First Net Zero University Building in New York City

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Bloomberg Center覆盖于光电伏板之下,其低矮精致的外观成为该处独特的城市景观。它与众不同的立面设计,在充分利用太阳光照的同时,又优化了外部的视觉感受,在保证其立面透明度的同时,又隔绝的室内外热量传输。

The Bloomberg Center is a four-story building set beneath a photovoltaic canopy, with a low and narrow profile framing stunning views across the island. One of the building’s most distinctive features is its façade, optimized to balance transparency—maximizing daylighting and exterior views, and opacity— maximizing insulation and reducing thermal bridging.

▼建筑外观,view of the building


Designed as a rain screen system, the outermost layer of the façade is composed of aluminum panels surfaced in an iridescent, PPG polymer coating. Viewed from afar, the aluminum panels register a continuous image that merges the river-view scenery from Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island location and Cornell University’s idyllic campus in Ithaca, New York. Facing the city, the Bloomberg Center’s west façade registers the image of the Manhattan skyline as it is viewed directly across the East River. Along the campus’ main entry and central circulation spine (the“Tech Walk”), the east façade registers an image of Ithaca’s famous gorges.

▼视觉联系,view connection from the site


Designed in collaboration with Zahner, an architectural metal fabricator, the façade utilizes Zahner’s Louvered ZIRATM system to create the image patterning. Each pixel of the image is translated into the specific turn-and-tilt of a two-inch circular tab punched into the aluminum paneling; the depth and rotation of each tab determines the amount of light reflected. This pixel map was fed into a repurposed welding robot, which processed the digital information into the mechanical turning-and-tilting of the façade’s 337,500 tabs. The algorithm controlling the robot was developed in collaboration with Cornell and MIT students.

▼独特的建筑外立面,the unique facade

“我们与康奈尔大学和麻省理工大学在建筑立面设计的合作中,完美示例了这座新校区致力于学术与产业相结合的教学理念。”Morphosis的负责人和Bloomberg Center项目负责人Ung-Joo Scott Lee说道。


“Our collaboration with the Cornell and MIT students to develop the building’s façade is an example of the type of connections that Cornell Tech will foster between academia and tech industries,” said Ung-Joo Scott Lee, Principal at Morphosis and Project Principal of the Bloomberg Center.

“We were ultimately interested in demonstrating that designing for net zero creates not only a more energy efficient building but, in fact, a healthier and more comfortable environment to its occupants. The very systems that provide our path to high building performance are the same systems that provide better control to its users while giving the building its distinct identity. Cornell University’s leadership in sustainability is central to their mission; we look to continue that leadership in both upstate as well as downstate campuses.”

Bloomberg Center是Roosevelt岛的社区中心,其首层南边的咖啡厅向校区以外的居民生活开放。入口中庭和学术报告厅与曼哈顿57号大街齐平,令室内享有绝佳的曼哈顿视野。大厅的标志性楼梯占据了建筑的视觉焦点,它引导着人们层层渐入到达各个空间。此外,站在主楼梯上,沿着周围其他建筑所形成的视觉轴线,你可以看到河对岸的皇后区,回应了该校区对于河岸对视景观的营造。开放的商业走廊沿建筑长边依次展开,成为开放式的会面,洽谈和合作空间,满足多种临时性的会客需要,多功能会客厅和会议室位于该商业街的尽头。

The Bloomberg Center also serves as a focal point for the Roosevelt Island community, with a publicly accessible ground-floor café located at the southern end of the building. The entry atrium and the Lecture Hall, aligned with Manhattan’s 57th Street, connects building users with Manhattan views across the river. Visible from the campus’ Tech Plaza, a monumental stair rising from the main lobby guides vertical circulation to all levels. Highlighting Cornell Tech’s river-to- river campus, the main stair looks out onto Queens through a viewing corridor framed by other campus buildings. An open galleria extends throughout the length of the building, serving as a shared avenue for informal encounters, discussions, and collaborations.Enclaves for impromptu meetings line the main galleria, with conference rooms and multipurpose meeting areas capping the ends.

▼中央楼梯,the central stair


Bloomberg Center配备最基本的教育教学空间。其多样的教学区域构成了该校灵活多变的教学模式。合作办公空间与沉静私密的私人学习空间是该校区设计中同等重要。因此,校区除设立各种传统的教室和大型开放研讨室之外,还特别设计了一系列舒适的环境,社交区域,团队合作工作室,个人工作室等满足学生的合作及个人工作模式,打造不同的工作体验。

为了迎合校区激发创意灵感的设计理念,Bloomberg Center将百分之一的预算留给艺术。该校区委任众多杰出的当代艺术家包括Matthew Ritchie,Michael Riedel,Alison Elizabeth Taylor,和Matthew Day Jackson在由Morphosis设计的构筑物上创作艺术。此外,Bloomberg Center还修复了Ilya Bolotowsky在WPA-era时代的壁画,该壁画在2014年展示结束后,在罗斯福岛前金水纪念医院被发现。

The academic spaces in The Bloomberg Center are designed around fundamental changes in learning and teaching that are happening at all institutional levels today. The Center features a varied set of spaces to support different learning modes allowing for flexible and mobile learning. Collaborative and flexible spaces are as important as private and meditative spaces. While offering traditional classroom spaces and large open workspace areas, there are also clusters of break- out spaces, huddle rooms, and social areas that allow for group study, as well as quiet rooms and micro-pods that function as private work spaces or telephone booths.

In keeping with the mission of sparking creativity, one percent of the Bloomberg Center’s overall budget is dedicated to art. Newly commissioned, site-specific artworks by prominent contemporary artists, including Matthew Ritchie, Michael Riedel, Alison Elizabeth Taylor, and Matthew Day Jackson are integrated within the fabric of Morphosis’ design. The Bloomberg Center also includes a restored WPA-era mural by Ilya Bolotowsky that was uncovered in the former Goldwater Memorial Hospital on Roosevelt Island after its closure in 2014.



▼合作办公空间/主要空间,collaborative spaces/masters spaces

▼公共空间/工作空间,social public spaces/work spaces

Bloomberg Center的节能永续
Sustainability at the Bloomberg Center


6.地热井:每呎400英尺的80个闭环地热井,位于校园主要公共休憩用地南草坪下。 电动地源热泵通过热辐射对周边水体加热,并通过主动冷冻光束系统对建筑物进行冷却。
8.弹性:关键性建筑设备位于屋顶机械室,同时将地下室的占地面积和设备最小化。 建筑物的底层和入口门窗都被提升,以应对平原洪涝。

作为Bloomberg Center新校区第一阶段的一部分,还包括一座首创的建筑形式,将尖端科技公司与康奈尔大学学术研究团队紧密结合在一起。而该校区建筑, 作为世界上最大的被动式房屋,符合最严格的国际能源效率标准。

Planned to be among the largest net-zero energy academic buildings and reach LEED Platinum status, the building’s primary power is generated on-site. The campus employs multiple strategies to achieve a low-energy building through a stepped approach. The building prioritizes energy demand reductions and load reductions as well as maximizing passive and energy efficient design through the use of renewable energy to power building systems. Key design elements to achieve the environmental goals and efficient energy usage include:

1.An all-electric building: No fossil fuel is used in the building.
2.Solar power: A 40,000-square-foot canopy supporting 1,465 photo voltaic panel stops the Bloomberg Center (and neighboring The Bridge building), converging engineering requirements and architecture to generate solar power while decreasing cooling loads by providing building shading.
3.Green roof: A low-maintenance green roof houses native plant species along the south east outdoor terrace to help cool roof surface and manage stormwater runoff.
4.Smart building technology: Designed by Morphosis and engineering rm Arup, smart building features link lighting control, occupancy sensors, security, and other building controls to provide on-demand power and respond to user needs and occupancy.
5.Highly insulated façade: A unitized, continuously insulated rain screen wall system covered by a metal panel façade balances exterior views and daylight, maximizes insulation values, and minimizes thermal bridging. The project achieves 60 percent of its façade to be heavily insulated opaque walls, with 40 percent high-performance insulated glass units.
6.Geothermal wells: 80 closed-loop geothermal wells, each 400 feet deep, are located under the South Lawn, the campus’ main public open space. Electrically powered ground-source heat pumps are used for heating through perimeter hot-water radiation and cool the building through an active chilled-beam system.
7.Rain water collection system: A40,000-gallon rain water harvesting tank is buried under the campus lawn, providing non-potable water for the building’s plumbing system, cooling tower, and on-site irrigation.
8.Resiliency: Critical building equipment is located in a rooftop mechanical room, while the cellar-level footprint and equipment is minimized. The building’s ground floor, as well as entry doors and windows, are elevated to address higher flood plain elevations.

The Bloomberg Center opens as part of phase one of the new campus, which also includes The Bridge—a first-of-its-kind building that will host a mix of cutting-edge companies working alongside groundbreaking Cornell academic teams—and The House, a residential building that is the largest Passive House in the world, widely recognized as the most rigorous international energy efficiency standard.

▼一层平面图,the first floor plan

▼二层平面图,the second floor plan

▼三层平面图,the third floor plan

▼四层平面图,the forth floor plan

▼地下一层平面图,the B1 floor plan

▼屋顶平面图,the roof plan


▼东立面图,east elevation

▼西立面图,wast elevation

▼北立面图,north elevation

▼南立面图,south elevation

LOCATION: Roosevelt Island, New York, NY
CLIENT: Cornell Tech
SITE AREA: 1.4 acres / 0.6 hectares
SIZE: 160,000 gross ft2 / 14,865 gross m2
PROGRAM: Classrooms, instructional labs, lecture hall, huddle rooms, collaboration areas, conference rooms, cafe, classrooms, open work areas, and shared spaces
DESIGN: 2012 – 2014
CONSTRUCTION: 2015 – 2017
COST: $130 Million
TYPE: Educational
LEED: Platinum (Expected)

PROJECT DESIGNER: Nicolas Fayad Ed Kwong, Jerry Figurski Jean Oei
PROJECT TEAM: Christopher Battaglia, Chloe Brunner, Debbie Chen, Chris Eskew, Stuart Franks, Farah Harake, Clayton Henry, Ted Kane, Hunter Knight, Jongwan Kwon, Ryan Leifield, Simon McGown, Brian Richter, Go-Woon Seo ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: Cory Brugger, Kerenza Harris, Stan Su
PROJECT ASSISTANTS: Fiorella Barreto, Marco Beccuci, Paul Cambon, Vivian Chen, Tom Day, Justin Foo, Yong Fei Gu, Yoon Her, Sean Kim, Matt Lake, Sangyun Lee, Haidi Liu, Eric Meyer, Nicole Meyer, Jason Minor, Michelle Park, Vincent Parlatore, Conway Pedron, Danny Salamoun, Ben Salance, Suzanne Tanascaux, Matthew Tarpley, Ben Toam
VISUALIZATION: Stuart Franks, Jasmine Park, Nathan Skrepcinski, Sam Tannenbaum

MEP: Arup
COST ESTIMATOR: Dharam Consulting
GEOTECHNICAL: Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers
CODE CONSULTANT: CCI, Code Consultants, Inc. SPECIFICATIONS: Construction Speci cations
WATER PROOFING: Henshell & Buccellato
COLLABORATING ARTIST: Matthew Day Jackson, Michael Riedel, Matthew Ritchie, Alison Elizabeth Taylor
PRE-CONSTRUCTION CM: Tishman Construction Corporation
OWNER’S REPRESENTATIVE: Forest City Ratner Companies

English text: Morphosis
Chinese text: gooood editor Lu Lu

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