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Innovation + Technology at Cornell University's Gates Hall by Morphosis

Innovation + Technology at Cornell University's Gates Hall by Morphosis | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Morphosis Architects incorporates an innovative stainless steel facade screen to mitigate heat gain for new academic building.

Los Angeles–based Morphosis delivered a 100,000-square-foot, five-story building that is currently completing construction on Cornell University's Computing and Information Sciences (CIS) program structure.

While in essence a simple, efficient, rectangular plan and elevation, the design features several elements—including a twisting stainless steel sun screen and a protruding arm of the upper floors hovering above the main entrance—that make it an unmistakable product of Morphosis as well as a suitable looking enclosure for a discipline forged by the realities of the digital age.

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IDEAbuilder's curator insight, October 18, 2013 4:48 PM

Digital High-Performance.  An interesting convergence of technologhy and design

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Make it Right's New Orleans FLOAT House by Morphosis

Make it Right's New Orleans FLOAT House by Morphosis | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The FLOAT House, design by Morphosis Architects, is a Make-It-Right home developed for the needs of the families in New Orlean's Lower Ninth Ward, and it is now on track for LEED Platinum.

Designed by Morphosis for Brad Pitt's Make it Right Foundation, it is a housing solution for the floodwater-prone regions around the world. Optimized for efficient mass-production, the home is a culturally, economically, and environmentally responsible structure designed to break free from its moorings and rise to a height of twelve feet in the event of flooding. The two bedroom, 945 square feet model was first introduced in 2009, and as it continues to grow in popularity it is now on track for a LEED Platinum rating with a net-zero annual energy consumption...

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Net-zero Architecture: Morphosis' new Culver City office

Net-zero Architecture: Morphosis' new Culver City office | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

While Morphosis is known for their jagged steel surfaces and off-center forms, the firm has always been interested in sustainability. Its own new office in Culver City represents this philosophy,as the largest net-zero energy building in Los Angeles, and one of the greenest offices in the country.

The fairly rectangular structure, located just a few feet from the new light rail Expo Line’s elevated tracks in Culver City, gets most of its energy from photovoltaics—a 2,800-square-foot array sitting on top of a shaded parking canopy outside. But what makes it all work are the energy savings: It significantly reduces loads through several low-tech, high-tech, and even revolutionary techniques.


Visit the link for more images and details on the innovative sustainable strategies used in the design of this unique project.

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Giant Campus Project | Morphosis Architects

Giant Campus Project | Morphosis Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Situated amid existing canals and a new man made lake, the undulating office building interacts with an augmented ground plane, joining architecture to landscape, and environment to site.

The Giant Campus project is a compact village that accommodates diverse functions in a flexible framework of forms that move in and out of a folded landscape plane.

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