Bill & Melinda Gates Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA

The Project
The Department of Computing and Information Science located in Ithaca, NY, known as Bill and Melinda Gates Hall, incorporates a sleek design of stainless steel panels together with an innovative twist on digitally printed glass to create a building complete with outstanding visual clarity and views.

The new hall has a two layer façade specifically designed to meet particular aesthetic and performance purposes, which were easily obtained through the use of Pilkington Optiwhite™, a low iron glass with excellent light transmittance.

The main façade of the university is made of glass partially covered by steel panels giving the impression of movement.

The building is designed to inspire creative thinking by information technology students. A four-floor-high atrium with a full-height glass façade, provides the interiors with outstanding light, encouraging people to have constructive meetings and relaxing get-togethers.

Pilkington Optiwhite™ extra-clear low-iron float glass was chosen by the architect for its clean and colourless qualities, and its versatility.

Photography: © Roland Halbe Fotografie
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Project Details
Campus Rd, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
Opening Date
Building Type
  • Education
About the Architect/Installer
Morphosis Architects