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OMA/Rem Koolhaas Presents Plans for Cornell's Milstein Hall

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Pritzker prize-winning architect Rem Koolhaas presented the design for Milstein Hall, the newest building of the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP), Sept. 19 in Bailey Hall on campus.

Koolhaas and his team unveiled the design created by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), and hosted a question and answer session following the presentation.

The 43,000-square-foot Milstein Hall is to be built directly behind Sibley Hall and adjacent to the Foundry and Rand Hall.

The new building will not only expand the facilities of AAP, but also create, for the first time, a vibrant public space north of Sibley.


"We wanted to provide something currently absent from the college, a space with the scale to facilitate collaboration.

We also saw an opportunity to reconnect the gorge to the north side of the Arts Quad," said Koolhaas.

Within Milstein Hall, space is set aside for studios, library, presentation and exhibition areas, lobby and an auditorium/boardroom , all with flexibility to be reconfigured according to the needs of students and faculty.

Its height will be lower than Sibley's, and a portion of the building will extend above University Avenue toward the Foundry.
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