Since its opening in 2011, Milstein Hall has been transforming the education and training of future generations with its facilities, resources that stimulate inventiveness and interaction, and the surrounding outer spaces created by its addition.
Designed by Rem Koolhaas and OMA, the 47,000-square-foot building includes 25,000 square feet of flexible studio space that connects to both Rand and Sibley halls, and a 250-seat, state-of-the-art auditorium that functions as a central events location within the college.
In the words of Kent Kleinman, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of Architecture, Art, and Planning, “Milstein Hall is an extraordinary new addition to AAP’s suite of buildings, providing the academic and physical ‘center of gravity’ for the design arts at Cornell. Milstein Hall makes it possible for AAP to radically reconfigure the way design is taught. From a pedagogical point of view, the building is transformative.”
An adaptable and open floor plan on the top level provides opportunities to respond to the changing needs of design curriculum. The ground level offers immediate entry to the college’s auditorium which accommodates classes, presentations, and a variety of other meetings. The lower level combines large and small exhibition venues, access to the auditorium, and a connection with the Green Dragon Cafe.
Covered outdoor areas give architects, artists, and fabricators virtually boundless studio space, where they can construct large-scale prototypes, models, and sculptures. Walkways and doorways connecting Milstein Hall to Rand and Sibley halls provide the practical advantage of moving through the college's buildings along with promoting a sense of connection across disciplines. The combination of Milstein, Rand, Sibley, Tjaden halls, and The Foundry create a space where the very best teaching and scholarship can occur.