Barkow Leibinger

Barkow Leibinger
Schillerstraße 94, D–10625 Berlin
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Milstein Hall – New Architecture Department Building Cornell University

The renown Cornell University has been planning a new building for the Architecture Department, which will replace the existing facilities in Rand Hall. In Barkow Leibinger's scheme the new building is situated on the northern side of the 19th century Sibley Hall which accommodates library and administration space. The building’s location adjacent to a steep gorge is supposed to form the northern edge of the ‚Arts Quad’ and to give views onto the impressive landscape. By shifting the new building in respect to Sibley Hall, it creates a new significant entrance to the campus.

The 6,000 sqm extension to the architecture school was planned to accommodate studios, an auditorium, workshop, exhibition, and presentation space. The architecture school has been developed as a multi-functional building with a horizontal orientation. By using an industrial character, it was intend to enhance flexibility and communication between students and staff.

Project Information

Architects — Barkow Leibinger, Berlin, Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger


Team Design — Jack Verdon, Philipp Heydel, Philip Loskant, Jason Sandy, Michael Schmidt



Studios, Lecture Hall, Workshop, Exhibition- and Presentation Space



Ithaca, New York/USA 



6.000 sqm





Cornell University


Contact Architect

Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann, Boston


Structural Engineer

Büro Happold Inc., Berlin, New York


Mechanical Engineer

Büro Happold Inc., Berlin, New York


Electrical Engineer

Büro Happold Inc., Berlin, New York


Landscape Architect

Michael Boucher, Freeport, ME



Giuseppe Boezi, Monath + Menzel, Berlin