Morphosis - 41 Cooper Square in New York City PDF Print Email
Academic
Tuesday, 16 February 2010 10:06

Morphosis_Cooper_Union_01The Cooper Union’ s new building at 41 Cooper Square in New York City, is an academic facility located on the east side of Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets. It houses the college’s Albert Nerken School of Engineering and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences along with additional facilities for the School of Art and the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture.

Thom Mayne and the Morphosis team designed the nine-story, 175,000 square foot, full-block building to replace more than 40 percent of the academic space at the college with reconfigurable, state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, studios and public spaces.

As explained by Thom Mayne, the new academic building for The Cooper Union, aspires to manifest the character, culture and vibrancy of both the 150 year-old institution and of the city in which it was founded.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2010 10:56
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Morphosis FLOAT House for the Make It Right Foundation PDF Print Email
Housing
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 13:46

Morphosis_MIR_01Last October, was the public unveiling of the the first floating house for Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation in New Orleans. The project was designed and developed by Morphosis Architects, under the direction of renowned architect and UCLA Professor Thom Mayne.

The FLOAT House is a new model for flood-safe, affordable and sustainable housing that is designed to float securely with rising water levels. The architects have sent us a generous amount of information that we are sharing within this article with our readers.


Mayne led a team from Morphosis Architects and graduate students from UCLA Architecture and Urban Design in this innovative housing project to help with the rebuilding of the Lower Ninth Ward post-Hurricane Katrina. The concept emerged from a study of the flooding record, social and cultural history of the city, and the ecology of the Mississippi Delta. Morphosis and UCLA’s collaboration on the research, development, design, and construction of the FLOAT House is exemplary of their shared goals to engage students in real-world design for social impact.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 May 2010 09:58
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Morphosis FLOAT House: How It Works PDF Print Email
Housing
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 14:54

While the first Post about the FLOAT House introduced the project's concept and evolution, this article looks into the way the house works, and sheds more light on the Architect's vision.

The FLOAT House sits on a raised four-foot base, which has been reconceived as a high performance “chassis” – a prefabricated module, made from polystyrene foam coated in glass fiber reinforced concrete, which hosts all of the essential equipment to supply power, water and fresh air.

The chassis is engineered to support a range of home configurations. In the event of flooding, the chassis acts as a raft, allowing the house to rise vertically on guide posts, securely floating up to twelve feet as water levels rise. While not designed for occupants to remain in the home during a hurricane, this innovative structure aims to minimize catastrophic damage and preserve the homeowner’s investment in their property. This approach also allows for the early return of occupants in the aftermath of a hurricane or flood.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 December 2009 15:16
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