Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech
Bloomberg Center is the flagship building on Cornell Tech's Roosevelt Campus in New York City. The Morphosis-designed building features a louver-perforated skin manufactured by Zahner. The double-skin facade fits into the building's Net Zero energy plan to operate as a self-sufficient and energy-efficient building. The center is also targeting LEED Platinum Certification.
Hacking a Robot to make Louvered Facades
Update: Our friends at Virginia Tech reached out to Zahner to share some of the similar innovations for automated manufacture of shading systems. In 2010, Zahner worked with Virginia Tech on the Lumenhaus project whose laser-cut tabs were pushed by hand. In 2012, Nathan King and Jonathan Grinham published Automating Eclipsis, a research paper outlining a method for automation, as well as a proof of concept video of their method using a robot to automate the tabbed panel system.In the Summer of 2015, Zahner’s ShopFloor team was tasked with developing several methods for louvered perforations to create picotage-effects for architectural metal.The process was initiated by Shokofeh Darbari, a Zahner Engineering intern currently in the Graduate Architecture program at Pennsylvania State University. Together with Zahner Design Engineer Andrew Manto, and Zahner Engineering intern Perry May from the University of Kansas, the team worked out a method to set perforated tabs on louvered screen wall facades.
Gates Hall at Cornell
Gates Hall is a new computer science building for students of Cornell in Ithaca, New York. Designed by Morphosis Architects, the building features Zahner custom systems for the soffit, interior entry foyer, and exterior facade. The building, named for Bill & Melinda Gates, is a dedicated building for Cornell University's Computing and Information Science (CIS) program.The project's facade is designed using generative processes developed by Morphosis. Its unique appearance also serves the building's environment performance, reducing heat gain while providing natural light into the offices and classrooms.The complex facade appears to be made up of unique parts, but there are several typical forms which are cleverly spaced to give the appearance that each part is unique. This technique of using the negative space to create complex visuals is a hallmark of the architecture firm's genius, and can be seen on other Morphosis projects such as Emerson College LA and Bloomberg Center.