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(January 1 – March 31, 2017)

Andrew Varlamov

Metro Station Hall

Ken Stuart

Milstein Hall

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

March 21, 2017, 12:30pm local (-5 GMT)

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One of the newer buildings on the Cornell University campus, Milstein Hall makes extensive use of concrete, metal, and glass.

With those materials, it greatly diverges in appearance from all of the stone buildings near it. Indeed, it has been embedded within the walls of its neighbors, juxtaposing rather distinct architectural styles.

More details about the building can be found at the College of Art, Art, and Planning's web site Milstein Hall: Built to Inspire, which lists basic statistics and provides the philosophy of its design.

See also Milstein Hall at Cornell University / OMA for a number of interior and exterior views and additional thoughts on the design, including the quotations below.

"The materiality of the lower level, constructed of exposed cast-in-place concrete, ... adds a contrast to the upper plate’s glass and steel character."

"The dome is a double layered concrete system. The exposed underside is a cast-in-place structural slab spanning the main critique space beneath the dome. The dome was formed using two layers of 3/8” plywood with a finish layer of 3/8” MDO board and poured in a single 12 hour period. The strip light pockets were cast into the dome together with the electrical and sprinkler systems forming a clearly defined central space out of a complex construction process. Above the structural dome slab a concrete topping slab forms the exterior surface of the dome."

"From the main entry, a concrete bridge spanning 70 feet across the dome space draws people into the auditorium or brings them down the sculptural stairs to the lower level of Milstein Hall. The bridge’s structural concrete truss railing and stair allow the bridge to span across the dome column free."


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