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41 Cooper Square
Morphosis

October 12, 2009 /

New York, NY, USA

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41 Cooper Square, the new academic building for The Cooper Union, aspires to manifest the character, culture and vibrancy of both the 150 year-old institution and of the city in which it was founded.

A building that reflects its values and aspirations as a center for advanced and innovative education in Art, Architecture and Engineering.

The building reverberates with light, shadow and transparency via a high performance exterior double skin whose semi-transparent layer of perforated stainless steel wraps the building's glazed envelope to provide critical interior environmental control, while also allowing for transparencies to reveal the creative activity occurring within.

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Responding to its urban context, the sculpted facade establishes a distinctive identity for Cooper Square. The building's corner entry lifts up to draw people into the lobby in a deferential gesture towards the institution's historic Foundation Building. The facade registers the iconic, curving profile of the central atrium as a glazed figure that appears to be carved out of the Third Avenue facade, connecting the creative and social heart of the building to the street.

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Internally, the building is conceived as a vehicle to foster collaboration and cross-disciplinary dialogue among the college's three schools, previously housed in separate buildings.

A vertical piazza, the central space for informal social, intellectual and creative exchange, forms the heart of the new academic building.

An undulating lattice envelopes a 20-foot wide grand stair which ascends four stories from the ground level through the sky-lit central atrium, which itself reaches to the full height of the building.

This vertical piazza is the social heart of the building, providing a place for impromptu and planned meetings, student gatherings, lectures, and for the intellectual debate that defines the academic environment.

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From the double-high entry lobby, the grand stair ascends four stories to terminate in a glazed double-high student lounge overlooking the city. On the fifth through ninth floors, sky lobbies and meeting places, including a student lounge, seminar rooms, lockers, and seating areas overlooking the cityscape, are organized around the central atrium. Sky bridges span the atrium to create connections between these informal spaces.

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Built to LEED Gold standards and likely to achieve a Platinum rating, 41 Cooper Square will be the first LEED-certified academic laboratory building in New York City.

Read more about Cooper Union in earlier arcspace feature.

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Axonometric Site Plan

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Plan Basement One Level


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Plan Level One


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Plan Level Two


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Plan Level Four


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Plan Level Nine

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Section

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Atrium rotated views

Facts about 41 Cooper Square

Total area:

175,000 gross ft2

Design Director:

Thom Mayne

Project Manager:

Silvia Kuhle

Project Architect:

Pavel Getov

Job Captain/Project Designer:

Jean Oei

Project Designers:

Chandler Ahrens
Natalia Traverso Caruana
Go-Woon Seo

Associate Architect:
Gruzen Samton, LLP

Principal:

Peter Samton

Project Manager:

Susan Drew

Project Manager:

Robert Stack

Construction Management:
F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc

President:

Frank Sciame

Project Executive:

Steve Colletta

Project Manager:

Robert DaRos

Principal:

Jonathan Rose

Project Manager:

Sanjeevanee Vidwans

Photographed by Iwan Baan

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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