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41 Cooper Square

IBI Group provided comprehensive programming, planning and design services for the new 175,000 square foot modern, academic and student services building for The Cooper Union. Our team guided the school through the process of determining which key functional spaces would remain in the landmarked historic Foundation Building by collaborating with Cooper Union’s steering committee.


Client
Cooper Union
Location
New York, NY
Platinum LEED
175,000 sq ft Size
11 (two below grade) Stories
2009 Completed

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York built a new, technologically-advanced academic building reflecting the institution’s goal of creating an iconic, landmark center for innovative education in art, architecture and engineering. In association with Thom Mayne of Morphosis, IBI Group provided comprehensive programming, planning and design services for the 175,000 square foot modern, academic and student services building.

The building’s design acts as a vehicle to foster collaboration and cross-disciplinary dialogue among the college’s three schools, which were previously housed in separate buildings. It features areas devoted to instructional and research laboratories for the undergraduate engineering programs, as well as art studios, a gallery and auditorium, classrooms, offices and lounges.

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 leading to a student lounge with views overlooking the city. Seminar rooms, lockers, and seating areas are organized around the central atrium to reinforce the idea of interdisciplinary collaboration. Sky bridges span the atrium, creating connections between these informal gathering spaces.

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National AIA Honor Award

2012

By American Institute of Architects

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Excellence in Structural Engineering Award

2011

New Construction,
By Structural Engineers Association of Southern California

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Award of Merit

2011

By Lumen West Awards

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International Architecture Award

2010

By The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design

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American Architecture Award

2010

By The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design

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Honor Award

2010

By AIA New York

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Design Award

2010

By AIACC

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MASterworks Award

2010

Best New Building,
By Municipal Art Society of New York

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Honor Award

2010

By AIA Los Angeles

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Best in Show

2010

By AIA Los Angeles

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Be Inspired Award

2010

Innovation in Generative Design,
By Bently Systems

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REED Energy Performance and Architecture Award

2009

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Best of 2009/Green Building Project of the Year

2009

By New York Construction

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Creating Stellar Architecture using BIM

2009

By AIA National Technology in Architectural Practice Building Information Model

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Visionary Architecture Award

2009

By Society of American Registered Architects

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Merit Award

2009

By New York AIA

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