One of the largest net-zero academic buildings, the Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech created a new standard of sustainable and elegant design in the U.S. This revolutionary design by L.A. based architecture firm Morphosis features a canopy of photovoltaic panels, a green roof, rain water harvesting capabilities, and, of course, a very distinctly curved, porous facade.
The custom perforated metal panels of the rainscreen skin were designed by MIT and Cornell and fabricated by A. Zahner Company. They were then brought to Island's fabrication shops to be assembled into full megapanels ready for installation on site. Island's pre-fab panels also included glazed window cassettes, architectural louvers, and GFRC panels.
This was a unique project for several reasons: the first being that Cornell Tech's campus is on Roosevelt Island which meant Island's panels had to be shipped via barge across the East River. The second major challenge - this building hosts abnormal geometries and curves. However, this was not the first project Island has done with Zahaner and W&W Glass and despite it being Island's first project with Morphosis, the result is an bold redefinition of sustainable architecture.
Island is now fabricating the facade panels for the Cornell Hotel designed by Snohetta. The nearly 20 story tower is expected to be complete in 2019.