SOM designs climate crisis research center in New York City

Commissioned by Stony Brook University, the U.S. firm will design a new international research center for developing and disseminating dynamic solutions to the global climate crisis.

US firm SOM will design a new zero-emission university campus for Stony Brook University, one of New York's leading public research institutions. Named the New York Climate Exchange, the new buildings will be constructed on Governors Island - a 172-acre island in New York harbor - and will house an international research center for the development and dissemination of dynamic solutions to the global climate crisis.

The architecture organically unfolds by linking the natural landscape of Governors Island and the urban landscape of New York City, thanks to a solid wood structure that frames now large communal spaces now glazing more private spaces.

SOM, New York Climate Exchange, Governors Island, New York- Courtesy SOM

The Exchange will be a demonstration of resilience and sustainability for the firm and for New York City, being the first building in the metropolis to meet Living Building Challenge standards and one of the first sites in the country to achieve True Zero Waste certification, as well as boasting 100 percent non-potable water needs with rainwater and treated wastewater and running entirely on electricity generated on-site, even creating enough power to serve the city's power grid.

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