The David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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The David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Synergies between two new state-of-the-art science and medical facilities on a single site on Manhattan’s Upper East Side are optimized in a unique partnership of two prestigious New York City institutions.

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In the MSK/CUNY building, we have endeavored to combine a healthcare facility and a progressive academic environment into one building that shares an optimistic vision for the individual, the common good and the future of healthcare.

Todd Schliemann, Design Partner

The 750,000-square-foot David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center foregrounds the development and utilization of innovative outpatient treatment programs. The 336,000-square-foot CUNY Hunter College Science and Health Professions building is an advanced, consolidated and efficient academic science and nursing facility. 

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The Hunter College building is a consolidated, state-of-the-art vertical campus for academic research in the biosciences and health profession training. Lower floors contain specialized training and simulation labs for the health professions, teaching laboratories for the life sciences, general classrooms, faculty office, academic lounges and a high-tech learning center and library. The upper floors are dedicated to graduate research laboratories for the departments of biology, chemistry, physics and psychology, associated faculty offices and a vivarium.

Breaking the massing into separate six-story building parts reduces the building’s significant bulk. Visual depth is achieved by means of the texture across the façade, and light-toned terra cotta is used to suggest the building’s positive and hopeful identity.

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The new facility will allow synergies between students and nurses with enormous benefits for both institutions.

Craig Thompson, MSK President and CEO
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The façade is an assemblage of ‘modules’ based on the structural grid and consisting of terra cotta panels and glass infill. The relationship between opaque (terra cotta) and transparent (glass) wall is controlled by the pattern of modules applied to the facade.  Vertical terra cotta fins of varying depths provide shading, reduce solar heat gain and control glare, while providing an interior environment with an abundance of natural light and expansive views of the East River beyond.

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Although both institutions are integrated, the design choreographs distinct entry sequences that provide a calm, unhurried and protected arrival for MSK patients in contrast to the lively, bustling influx of students to Hunter. Interior gathering spaces within Hunter provide an area for students to mingle and socialize off of the circulation pathways of the street.

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New York, NY
1,086,000 GSF
Teaching and Research Laboratories for Nursing, Physics, Chemistry and Psychology Researchers, Physical Therapy Spaces, Classrooms, Research Support, Academic Lounges, Learning Center
LEED Silver (pursuing)


Ennead Design Team
Todd Schliemann, Don Weinreich, Joseph Fleischer, Alex O'Briant, Zach Olczak, Melissa Sarko, Brent Stringfellow, Margaret Tyrpa, Kathleen Kulpa, Aaron Cattani, Do Young Cho, Brad Groff, Edgar Jimenez, Wanlika Kaewkamchand, Nick Kratz, Joanna Williams, Ty Larson, DuHo Choi, Alfonso Gorini, Kyo-Young Jin, Stephen Kim, Hsin-Yi Wu, Graeme Reed, Harry Ross
Collaborating Architect
Perkins Eastman