New Cooper Union Academic Building Bubbles

New Cooper Union Building

Cooper Union – The New One

It appears that the hole on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th streets is ready, and now Cooper Union just needs to fill it.

As detailed extensively by the architecture firm chosen for the new “Academic Building” construction, Morphosis, and its top architect, Thomas Mayne, the anti-building with its crevasses and bloating surfaces will provide a sledgehammer-subtle contrast to the current Cooper Union landmark building – not to mention the St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church right next door which may have the Pontiff praying for the return of the previous Hewitt Building.

You’ll note the bubbling water in the picture above. Be assured that the perspective and size of the water pipe is due to my cameraphone – it is not the size of the Cooper Union building. My guess is that the water is there to help in the pouring of the foundation.

From what I have seen, the new Academic Building may be a good sculptural fit with the “shark fin” hotel down the street, also known as the Cooper Square Hotel. Even the circus-mirrored Piano building on Astor (see note in comments) between Lafayatte and 4th avenue may benefit – now there’s a building that has stuck out like a sore thumb. I wonder if they have 50% occupancy yet?


August 5th, 2007

Entry Filed under: East Village, New York City


  • 1. olde skool  |  August 6th, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    There is no Waverly Pl. between Lafayette and 4th Ave. The building is on Astor Pl. Waverly is two blocks South and two blocks West. Read maps more often! Or thee street signs.

  • 2. newval  |  August 6th, 2007 at 8:57 pm

    I stand corrected, avid East Village Podcasts reader. Thank you!

    Click here for the “street view” location.

  • 3. recycledwisdom  |  September 21st, 2007 at 12:33 am

    please don’t insult mr. piano. that monstrosity at astor place is a gwathmey siegel creation.


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