41 Cooper Square, New York, New York

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41 Cooper Square
Designer Thom Mayne - Morphosis
Location New York, New York, USA
Date to 2009
Building Type School and Academic
Climate Mild Temperate
Context Urban
Architectural Style Modern
Green Certification LEED NC Platinum Certified (version 2.2)
Street Address
Notes with associate architect Gruzen Samton, New York, New York, USA.




Building Details
Client The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Cost $111.6 million US Dollars
Area 175,000 square feet
Stories 9 stories

"The new academic building at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is yet more proof that some great art was produced in those self-indulgent times. Designed by Thom Mayne of the Los Angeles firm Morphosis, it is not a perfect building, but it is the kind of serious work that we don’t see enough of in New York: a bold architectural statement of genuine civic value. Its lively public spaces reaffirm that enlightenment comes from the free exchange of ideas, not just inward contemplation." – Nicolai Ouroussoff, NY Times

Remarks upon reading at one of the architect's web site, Morphopedia.com, that the building is a stacked vertical pi(a)zza:
"If you wrapped a couple of those three-legged round plastic pizza protectors in some screen, whacked it with a rolling pin and stabbed it with a large knife, you'd have something not unlike the building, I figure." — ArchitectureWeek editorial staff

Project Credits

  • Architect: Thom Mayne - Morphosis
  • Associate Architect: Gruzen Samton, LLP
  • Lighting: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design, Inc
  • Landscape Architects: Signe Nielsen
  • Acoustics: Newson Brown Acoustic, LLC


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