We are proud to share the Carnegie Mellon University Cohon University Center has received a 2018 Honor Award from the Society of American Registered Architects New York Chapter. The awards program seeks to recognize standout architecture from New York-based designers. The project officially received the award at the Design Awards Gala in Manhattan on June 19.
The Cohon University Center Addition meets the growing demand for physical fitness, recreation and education at Carnegie Mellon University while enhancing campus life for students, faculty and staff. The addition is a unique multi-use facility – part student union, part campus rec center and part academic hub – that creates a new front door for the university and strengthens circulation and connectivity across campus. The building’s interior is carefully organized to create visual connections between public circulation and program spaces that promote transparency and open dialogue between students, faculty and staff.
The building’s design is a bit like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” and can be viewed as a parable of reverse architectural aging. 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 Avenue façade 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.