Cornell Tech: The Bridge
10:00 am
11:00 am
12:00 pm
1:00 pm
WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, 2017

The Bridge is a first-of-its-kind building that houses an extraordinary mix of pioneering companies working alongside groundbreaking Cornell Tech academic teams. Designed by WEISS/MANFREDI and developed in partnership with Forest City New York, it’s the first-ever building in New York City designed and built to leverage resources from a cutting-edge research university with those from industry. The first tenants include tech and investment firm Two Sigma which will open its new Collision Lab; Citigroup to work on new capabilities and emerging technologies like blockchain; and Ferrero International S.A. to explore digital age innovation for the food industry.

The architecture of The Bridge reinforces incidental interaction. Public spaces encourage collaboration, and visual connections are created between tenants and floors, as well as reveal river-to-river views at every level. The Tech Gallery forms the heart of the building, connecting lobbies, lounges, collaboration spaces, and retail areas to encourage a vibrant dialogue between academics, entrepreneurs, and first-time visitors.

Sustainable highlights include a 24,000-square-foot photovoltaic rooftop canopy, a high performance curtain wall that allows for a comprehensive daylight harvesting system, and a hyper-efficient truss design that creates nearly column-free interiors. Anticipating sea level rise and flood risk, The Bridge also features an entry level that rises seven feet above the 100-year flood level.

Saturday Tour Info: OpenDialogue tours with WEISS/MANFREDI will last approximately 45 min.


Reservations for this tour are now sold out. Interested in exploring contemporary architecture on university campuses? You may also enjoy the Solar Roofpod at CCNY, which sits atop the Rafael Viñoly-designed Spitzer School of Architecture, and requires no reservations! Click on the site’s name to check out its Open Access listing.


Image credit: WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism