We are proud to share the Carnegie Mellon University, Cohon Student Center has been recognized with an Architecture Honor Award from AIA Pittsburgh as part of its annual Design Pittsburgh awards. The awards program seeks to recognize great architecture and design in the Pittsburgh region annually. The awards were covered by the Pittsburgh Business Times, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
The Cohon Student Center helps Carnegie Mellon meet growing demand for physical fitness, recreation and education while enhancing campus life for students, faculty and staff. The addition is a unique multi-use facility – part student union, part campus recreation center and part academic hub – that creates a new front door for the university and strengthens circulation and connectivity across campus.
The building addition is a little like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” and can be viewed as a parable of reverse architectural again. This transformation can be seen moving clockwise around the building, from the punched windows and brickwork of the gym across the service court to the more transparent Forbes Ave. facade before finally resolving with the pulling apart of the metallic north court and sculptural entrance canopy. The addition respects its heritage and points the way to future campus expansion.