Brown Institute for Media Innovation
Michael Moran Studio
Tour Time: 12:00
The Brown Institute for Media Innovation, located on the ground floor of the historic Pulitzer building at Columbia University, acts as an incubator for new platforms that engage the technological transformation of journalistic practices. The Institute combines faculty offices, meeting rooms and a large open work environment configured to maximize the spatial qualities, daylighting and visual openness of the pre-existing double height volume. A suspended mezzanine of glazed offices overlooks the main incubator space and shelters a series of collaborative ‘garages’ below. In the main space, mobile work tables can be reconfigured by the Institute fellows or dock into the perimeter of the space to access integrated flat-screens. The architecture of the incubator is defined by a continuous internal façade that resurfaces the original room, split horizontally into a millwork base and a translucent scrim. While the walnut base provides for physical engagement through built-in seating, storage and a large bleacher stair, the scrim acts to mediate light, conceal new technical systems, provide acoustical treatment and act as a screen for large-scale projection.
Tour Guide: Marc Tsurumaki, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, LTL Architects