INSTITUTIONAL BUILDINGS

Architects Choose Modular Glass Skylights for Cornell University

New Modular Skylights Modernize Space at Cornell Department of Architecture.

As one of the most iconic college structures in the United States, the 19th-century Sibley Hall dome has been a visual reference point on the Cornell University campus for 122 years. East Sibley Hall is home to Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (Cornell AAP), whose Department of Architecture is one of the world’s most prestigious architecture programs. Originally constructed in the late 1800s, by the early 2000s Sibley Hall had undergone numerous transformations.

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“We wanted to have as much daylight and visibility as made sense,” said Feuerstein, Architect with Leven Betts Studio. “We were looking for the best-looking, high-performance, most minimal skylight.”

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The challenge was how to modernize East Sibley Hall’s third floor in line with the college’s goals of co-locating faculty offices adjacent to student’s studios and creating a collaborative, multiuse space; maintain the integrity of the designated historic building; and satisfy the discriminating needs of the Cornell AAP architecture faculty.

Betts concurred, “We thought the modular skylight design was beautiful.” “There were many ways in which the modular system was advantageous,” said architect Stella Betts., Partner of Leven Betts “

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