Morphosis is a collective practice committed to rigorous design and research that yields innovative buildings and urban environments. Founded in 1972 by Design Director Thom Mayne, the firm today consists of over 60 professionals engaged in architecture as a collaborative enterprise. Morphosis’ work encompasses a wide range of project types and scales including cultural, educational, commercial, and governmental buildings as well as large-scale urban masterplans. The firm maintain offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Shanghai, and site offices at projects worldwide. Morphosis is an industry leader in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and technological innovation; utilizing industry advances and an integrative design process, the firm seeks design choices that prioritize human health, wellbeing, and sustainability. Since its founding, Morphosis has received 26 Progressive Architecture awards, over 100 American Institute of Architects (AIA) awards, and numerous other honours. With Morphosis, Thom Mayne has been the recipient of the highest recognitions in architecture, including the Pritzker Prize (2005) and the AIA Gold Medal (2013).
Bill and Melinda Gates Hall
Ithaca, NYREAD MORE
Cornell Tech Bloomberg Center
Roosevelt Island, NYREAD MORE
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Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Dallas, TXREAD MORE
Bill and Melinda Gates Hall
Bill & Melinda Gates Hall provides a joint, state-of-the-art facility for Cornell’s Computing Science and Information Science departments. The new academic building includes offices for staff and research fellows, conference and seminar rooms, dry labs, social and collaborative spaces, and a 200-person lecture hall. The building’s program is organized to create an active and vibrant environment for education and collaborative research.
Neighbouring the historic Barton Hall and Hoy Field, Gates Hall re-energizes a previously underutilized campus corner and establishes a new gateway to the University. Surfaced in vibrant stainless steel panels, the building’s cantilevered entry canopy covers an outdoor plaza and student social space defined by native landscaping and sculptural forms. The performative steel skin wraps the exterior façade in an angular weave, shading interior classrooms and creating a continuously dynamic and transformative surface. Advanced digital modeling tools used in designing the pattern, geometry, and details of the skin speak to the profound impact of computing on the arts and sciences.
Bill & Melinda Gates Hall, Campus Rd, Ithaca, NY, 14853
101,455 ft2 / 60,708 m2
Academic building with Lecture Hall, offices, conference rooms, seminar room, dry labs, and collaborative spaces
LEED Rating (or similar)
Roosevelt Island, New York, USA
The Bloomberg Center is the first building to be completed at Cornell Tech, the new applied science campus on New York City’s Roosevelt Island. At Cornell Tech, Cornell University and Technion Israel Institute of Technology are joining together to create a new kind of institution that deepens connections between academia and industry. The campus co-locates graduate students with major tech companies and professional mentors to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and real-world research applications.
The four-story, 150,000 SF Bloomberg Center is Cornell Tech’s academic headquarters, where the majority of classes will be held and graduate research undertaken. To maximize use and opportunities for collaboration, the design challenges the notion of assigned rooms and private offices for faculty, instead providing a variety of open-ended spaces organized around a central social galleria.
With a net-zero design, the Bloomberg Center sets a new benchmark for sustainable building in New York City. The major performative feature is a broad energy canopy that supports a solar array while shading the building beneath.
Courtesy of Morphosis Architects.
Roosevelt Island, New York
0.8 acres / 0.3 hectares
150,000 gross ft² / 13,935 gross m²
Classrooms, instructional labs, lecture hall, huddle rooms, collaboration areas, conference rooms, cafe, classrooms, open work areas and shared spaces.
2012 – 2014
2015 – 2017
41 COOPER SQUARE
New York, New York USA
Attaining a Platinum rating, 41 Cooper Square is the first LEED-certified academic laboratory building in New York City. The new facility is conceived as a vehicle to foster collaboration and cross-disciplinary dialogue among the three schools at Cooper Union, previously housed in separate locations. At the heart of the new building, an undulating lattice links social spaces on the upper floors with a 20-foot wide, four story grand stair rising from the entrance lobby. Functioning like a “vertical piazza”, this central social space provides for impromptu and planned meetings, student gatherings, lectures, and for the intellectual debate that defines the academic environment.
In the spirit of the institution’s dedication to accessible education, the building is symbolically open to the city, with visual transparencies and public spaces that connect to the neighbourhood. A public exhibition gallery, cafe and a two-hundred-seat auditorium at the ground-plane and a transparent double-skin invite the neighborhood to observe and to take part in the intensity of activity within. The double-skin also acts as an insulator to enhance heating and cooling efficiency. Further sustainability strategies include skip-stop elevators, roof-gardens, rain-water collection, and extensive day-lighting throughout the building.
41 Cooper Square, New York City, New York, United States of America 10003
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
175,000 gross sq ft / 16,258 gross sq m
Academic and laboratory building with exhibition gallery, auditorium, lounge and multi-purpose space, and retail space
2004 – 2006
2006 – 2009
EMERSON COLLEGE LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles, California USA
Bringing student housing, instructional facilities, and administrative offices to one location, the new Emerson College Los Angeles (ELA) facility establishes a permanent home in the heart of Hollywood for Emerson College’s undergraduate internship program. Creating an interweaving of public, private, and semi-private spaces, the building evokes the concentrated energy of east-coast metropolitan centers in an iconic Los Angeles setting.
Bridged by a multi-use platform, two slender residential towers with housing for over 200 students frame a central open volume to create a flexible outdoor “room.” A sculpted form housing classrooms and offices weaves through the void, carving multi-level social terraces and active interstitial space. Exterior corridors to student suites and common rooms are shaded by an undulating, textured metal scrim spanning the full height of the towers’ interior face. On the exterior facades, a skin of dynamic louvers helps reduce solar gain and contributes to the facility’s LEED Gold rating. Open to the community, a café and dining space at street level links student life with the neighborhood.
Photos by Iwan Baan
5960 W. Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90028
0.8 acres / 0.3 hectares
120,000 gross ft² (not including parking) / 11,148 gross m²
Ground floor café and retail; classrooms, screening and mixing rooms; outdoor terraces; housing for approximately 217 students, along with faculty and staff; amenities, including a fitness center, lounge and kitchen; bike facilities and three levels of below-grade parking.
2008 – 2011
2011 – 2014
PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE
Dallas, Texas USA
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science creates a new identity for Dallas’ premier science museum, engaging a broad audience with multi-sensory, immersive learning environments. Rejecting the notion of museum architecture as a neutral background for exhibits, the building itself is designed as a didactic tool for demonstrating scientific principles at work.
The Museum is conceived around a narrative of connectivity and experience. The overall massing floats a cube of galleries above a thickened landscape containing classrooms, a theatre, and administrative spaces. A glass-encased 54-foot continuous flow escalator moves patrons up from the ground floor to a cantilevered platform offering expansive views of downtown Dallas. Visitors spiral downward through the galleries and atrium space, continuously returning back to views of the city as a means of orientation and pause between exhibits. As an institution aimed at enhancing the public understanding of natural systems, addressing and exemplifying environmental responsibility was a critical goal of the design. As well as achieving LEED Gold, four Green Globes, and a Sustainable Sites One-star rating, various strategies are used throughout the building to inspire learning and comprehension, including revealing the building structure and mechanical systems, fore-fronting energy-saving and water-reuse technologies, and integrating local ecologies into the landscaping.
Courtesy of Morphosis Architects.
2201 N. Field Street, Dallas, Texas, United States of America 75201
Museum of Nature and Science
4.7 acres / 1.9 hectares
180,000 gross sq ft / 16,722 gross sq m
Nature and science museum with galleries, theater, café, store, education, and office programs
2008 – 2010
2010 – 2012
LEED Rating (or similar)
Gold, Four Green Globes & One-Star Sustainable Sites Initiative
Design Director, Morphosis
Thom Mayne founded Morphosis as a collective architectural practice engaged in cross-disciplinary research and design. As Design Director and thought leader of Morphosis, Mayne provides overall vision and project leadership to the firm. With permanent offices in Los Angeles and New York City, the firm currently employs over 60 architects and designers.
Mayne’s distinguished honours include the Pritzker Prize (2005) and the AIA Gold Medal (2013). He was appointed to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 2009, and was honoured with the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Gold Medal in 2000. With Morphosis, Thom Mayne has been the recipient of 26 Progressive Architecture Awards, over 100 American Institute of Architecture Awards and numerous other design recognitions. Under Mayne’s direction, the firm has been the subject of various group and solo exhibitions throughout the world, including a large solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2006. Morphosis buildings and projects have been published extensively; the firm has been the subject of 33 monographs.
Throughout his career, Mayne has remained active in the academic world. In 1972, he helped found the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Since then, he has held teaching positions at Columbia, Yale (the Eliel Saarinen Chair in 1991), the Harvard Graduate School of Design (Eliot Noyes Chair in 1998), the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands, the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, and many other institutions around the world. There has always been a symbiotic relationship between Mayne’s teaching and practice, evidenced in his concurrent position as Executive Director of the Now Institute at UCLA, a research and design initiative focusing on applying strategic urban thinking to real world issues. He is a tenured Professor at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design since 1993.
From its inception in 1989, Teeple Architects has built a reputation for innovative design, technical excellence and exceptional service through a broad range of academic and institutional projects. On these, the firm has demonstrated a commitment to crafting design solutions in which the architectural concept is intimately linked to its specific context, day-to-day use and inhabitation. They have become renowned for innovative approaches to sustainability and efficiency, as well as construction, within complex settings. The firm has been recognized with major awards on the national and international levels—including a prestigious International Holcim Award for Sustainable Design and six Governor General’s Medals for Architecture.
Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC)
60 Richmond St. E., Toronto, CanadaREAD MORE
Langara Science & Technology Building
Langara College, Vancouver, BC, CanadaREAD MORE
Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum
Wembley, Alberta, CanadaREAD MORE
Stephen Hawking Centre
Waterloo, Ontario, CanadaREAD MORE
Arctic College Expansion and Community Learning Centre
Iqaluit, Nunavut, CanadaREAD MORE
60 RICHMOND STREET EAST, Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC)
60 Richmond Housing Co-operative is an 11-story, 85-unit mixed use building located in Toronto’s downtown core. The client program – to provide affordable housing for hospitality workers – was a key inspiration for the design which incorporates social spaces dedicated to food and its production.
The result is a small-scale, full-cycle system described as ‘urban permaculture’, where the resident-owned and operated restaurant and training kitchen on the ground floor is supplied with vegetables, fruit and herbs grown on the sixth floor terrace. The kitchen garden is irrigated by storm water that is collected on the roofs. Organic waste generated by the kitchens serves as compost for the garden.
60 Richmond was conceived a solid mass where volumes were subtracted and carved away in order to create openings, a courtyard space and terraces at various levels. The deconstructed volume creates interlocking and contrasting spaces stepping out and back from the street. This visually dynamic solution was instrumental in achieving several key objectives: Creating the 6th floor garden, drawing light into the interior spaces and providing outdoor green space.
This project stands as a model of future urbanism where imaginative architectural solutions can effectively address global environmental challenges.
LANGARA SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY BUILDING, Langara College
(Teeple Architects with Proscenium Architecture + Interiors)
This project is the third phase in the implementation of Langara College’s Master Plan (by Teeple Architects). As with the first two phases, the creation of a sustainable, vibrant indoor and outdoor environment is a key focus. The new building is a five-storey structure situated at a key entrance to the campus. The building is forms an iconic gateway into the campus, emphasized by a bold cantilever.
The building houses some of the most significant Departments at the College, brought together into a single, collaborative facility for the first time. The sciences, including chemistry, biology, physics/astronomy, nursing and computer Sciences, occupy the upper three levels, while consolidated students services and food service can be found on the lower two floors.
The three upper lab levels are designed to be flexible and adaptable for future change. Labs with the highest levels of service are situated near the top of the building, minimizing fume hood exhaust runs. This results in the creation of an economic, well organized and dynamic lab environment.
Collaborative spaces – including the dramatic ‘Vortex Lounge’ – permeate all levels to provide visual interconnectivity through the different program zones and facilitate to the greatest degree possible collaboration and interdisciplinary learner-focused education.
PHILIP J. CURRIE DINOSAUR MUSEUM, County of Grande Prairie No.1
(Teeple Architects with ATB)
The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum aspires to become an internationally significant centre of paleontology in fossil-rich northern Alberta. Visitors to the museum move through a sequence of spaces and experiences that form an architectural narrative of the fascinating Pipestone Creek dinosaur bone-bed. They start at a re-creation of the bone-bed to learn the story of the present-day artifacts. They then see from a glass box cantilevered into the lab space the paleontologists studying and preparing artifacts.
Two massive retaining walls push back the earth to expose the museum floor four metres below to which visitors descend to see the assembled skeletons. As they journey north, the narrative switches back and slopes further down to the Devonian Gallery exhibiting Alberta’s pre-dinosaur history.
New technology was developed to construct the wood structure, and in particular, the nodes where up to eight large beams meet at a single point. The design team pioneered a technique of laminating plywood to create structural connections.
The extensive use of wood, much of it sourced from local mountain pine beetle killed forests, the barn-like post-and-beam structure and the raw aluminum cladding are references to the Peace River Country’s history of agriculture and forestry.
STEPHEN HAWKING CENTRE, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
“We asked them to provide the optimal environment for the human mind to conceive of the universe”
- Neil Turok, Director, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
This major expansion project more than doubles the size of the world renowned physics research facility in Waterloo, ON. The form and architectural solution of the expansion focused on the creation of an interconnected, unified whole that encourages interaction among the various disciplines of physics.
The design strategy focused on creating a variety of ideal research environments including both quiet research spaces and areas for dialogue and collaboration. This dynamic interaction is fostered through visual interconnectivity, and the provision of a wide range of interaction opportunities, from small nooks in communal areas, to the Black Hole Bistro on the ground floor and Interaction Areas that break down the boundaries between floors, to innovative teaching spaces. All areas of the facility are hardwired to connect globally with latest audio-visual communications and IT infrastructure. The facility enables lectures, cultural performances and live demonstrations to be shared, while promoting communication and collaboration with communities afar.
ARCTIC COLLEGE EXPANSION AND COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTRE
(Teeple Architects with Cibinel Architecture)
The Nunavut Arctic College expansion and Community Learning Centre in Iqaluit is a major expansion of this vital academic and cultural institution. At roughly 2,500 square metres, the new facility will welcome 269 students and 37 staff by August 2019. The expansion and addition program includes fine arts and multimedia classrooms, fisheries training facilities, digital labs, kitchen classrooms and other versatile learning spaces.
The design of the building is rooted in the powerful landscape of Iqaluit and Baffin Island. The building emerges from the dark bedrock of the hill behind as an ambiguously natural form, in part shaped by the wind to minimize drifting and to provide substantial protection from the elements at the entrance.
A balance is achieved between the competing desires of insulating the building as much as possible against the arctic cold while simultaneously bringing in natural light and taking advantage of the beautiful views to the harbour and the landscape beyond. Strategic cuts through the roof scoop south light deep into the heart of the building and daylighting glass is used extensively to maximize the distribution of natural light. The internal organization maximizes transparency and spatial interconnectivity to foster student engagement and to break down potential social barriers.
Founder and Principle, Teeple Architects
Stephen Teeple, founder and principal of Teeple Architects Inc., is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and the recipient of six Governor General’s Medals for Architecture—Canada’s top architectural recognition. Mr. Teeple is a prominent member of the Canadian design community, committed to active and ongoing engagement in all aspects of discourse regarding design, creativity and the public realm and was honoured to receive the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his outstanding service and contribution to Canadian design and culture in 2013.
Mr. Teeple’s recent work has explored the cultural dimension of sustainability in design, a practice he believes is in keeping with the architect’s responsibility to understand the evolving role of architecture in society. Throughout the evolution of his practice, there remains a consistent intent to pursue architecture as an art form—a resonant form that shapes human experience into a heightened level of felt expression. The work of Mr. Teeple and Teeple Architects has been recognized at both the national and international level for its inspired, intelligent and efficient responses to site, ecology and the specific and unique needs of each client.