Work is fully complete on Snøhetta‘s 18-story, 224-room Graduate Hotel at 22 North Loop Road and the adjacent four-story Verizon Tech Executive Education Center on Roosevelt Island. Stonehill Taylor worked alongside Snøhetta for the Graduate Hotel, serving as the architect of record. The Graduate Hotel and the Verizon Tech Center properties are the final pieces of the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill-designed Cornell Tech master plan, which was developed by Hudson Companies, Related Companies, and Brookfield and rises south of the Queensboro Bridge’s central span. Architectural Precast Innovations (API) was the concrete partner on the two buildings.
Photographs looking at the two architecturally contrasting façades show the difference in building materials, shapes, and mixtures of sharp and curved corners.
The rooftop terrace on the top of the Graduate Hotel is situated below the subtly sloped roof parapet and will give panoramic views of the East River, Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.
A strip of floor-to-ceiling windows is located on the northwestern corner of the structure and will provide occupants unobstructed views of the Queensboro Bridge stretching into Midtown.
A plaza surrounds both Snohetta edifices. The main exterior of Verizon Executive Education Center features a mixture of glass and wooden louvers that start out completely closed on the eastern end and gradually open toward the western elevation, allowing for sunlight to pass through. Inside are rooms for academic conferences, executive programs, seminars, and workshops.
Photos from in front of the Tata Innovation Center, or from the top of the hills found south of the site and looking north, offer the best perspectives of the diverse architecture that makes up the Cornell Tech campus.