performance-based design

Back again to the new Cornell Campus on Roosevelt Island… This time an interesting interview with the key players from Morphosis, Arup and Cornell University on the performance-based design approach on the net-zero energy Bloomberg Center.

From the beginning, we knew that we had to tackle the PV surface area issue. PVs are becoming more efficient, but they’re reaching an efficiency plateau, so we have to deal with the horizontal surface. That translated into a building that had a particular form, a certain type of massing. In lieu of having a tower, it required a form factor that is lower and broader. That also allowed us to create a walking building, which reduces the number of elevators, which further reduces energy consumption. It gives the opportunity to lay down a larger field of PV solar panels. It’s all integrated. The PV canopy, in many ways, defines the building identity and the overall masterplan.

photo courtesy of Cornell University

photo courtesy of Cornell University