Milstein Hall College of Architecture, Art and Planning / 2011

ArchitectOMA - Office for Metropolitan Architecture

Executive ArchitectKendall Heaton Associates

Structural EngineerRobert Silman Associates

Services EngineerPlus Group Consulting Engineers

ContractorTurner Construction Company

Façade ContractorCBO Glass

The completion of Milstein Hall, designed by OMA, has revitalized and unified the College for Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University, as the connective urban tissue linking the existing Rand Hall and Sibley Hall buildings. The facility provides 150,700 ft2 (14,000 m2) of new studio, critique, lecture hall, and auditorium space over three levels. The dramatically cantilevering upper ‘plate’ features a 12 ft (3.7 m) continuous strip of floor to ceiling, low-iron glazing, which wraps the building revealing its hybrid steel truss structure within, and conceals its spandrels behind a vertically oriented Olympic grey marble fascia that incorporates subtly engraved signage. The continuous interior ceilings and exterior soffit are clad in 4 x 4 ft (1.2 x 1.2 m), custom-stamped coffered metal panels, creating a seamless plane above the lower plate. The 15-degree inclined lobby glazing system traverses a concrete dome that rises from the basement and punctures the upper plate above. The building also features a grid of 41 box skylights, arrayed on the green roof, supplying even, natural daylight to the studios and critique spaces beneath. Front consulted on all components of the façade design from schematic design through construction administration.