Graduate Hotel And Verizon Executive Education Center Complete Construction on Roosevelt Island

The Graduate Hotel seen behind the low-rise Verizon Executive Education Center. Photo by Michael Young

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 CompaniesRelated Companies, and Brookfield and rises south of the Queensboro Bridge’s central span.

The Graduate Hotel seen behind the low-rise Verizon Executive Education Center. Photo by Michael Young

Photographs looking at the two architecturally contrasting façades show the difference in building materials, shapes, and mixtures of sharp and curved corners.

The Graduate Hotel. Photo by Michael Young

The Graduate Hotel. Photo by Michael Young

The Graduate Hotel. Photo by Michael Young

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.

The Graduate Hotel. Photo by Michael Young

The Graduate Hotel. Photo by Michael Young

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.

The Graduate Hotel. Photo by Michael Young

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.

The Verizon Executive Education Center. Photo by Michael Young

The Verizon Executive Education Center. Photo by Michael Young

The Verizon Executive Education Center. Photo by Michael Young

The Verizon Executive Education Center. Photo by Michael Young

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.

The Cornell Campus on Roosevelt Island. Photo by Michael Young

The Cornell Campus on Roosevelt Island. Photo by Michael Young

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10 Comments on "Graduate Hotel And Verizon Executive Education Center Complete Construction on Roosevelt Island"

  1. I LOVE the design of the Graduate Hotel. No matter what angle you look at it from, it always looks really cool. The Verizon Executive Education Center is also really nice. Overall, this is a great project. It’s certainly better than what the NYU is up to…

  2. In the close-ups here with the Hotel and the Queensboro Bridge tower, the Hotel comes in a distant second.

  3. Elle McCarthy | March 21, 2021 at 4:27 pm | Reply

    This looks more like an architectural petting zoo than a place I’d like to come to if I were a smart innovation-minded student or techie. Hopefully it’s just that the streetscape hasn’t been finished, but where are the places to sit and mingle? The benches in front of the Verizon Executive Education Center are right next to the building, perpendicular to the facade and arranged like soldiers all in a row. Looks like the major amount of “people-watching” anyone on that bench is going to be able to do is to look at the people on the bench opposite. Hasn’t anyone on the design team read Holly White or Jane Jacobs?

  4. Giving up public waterfront land for yet another private development.

    Truly disgusting. Thanks Bloomberg and DeBlasio.

    • There’s a large public greenspace right next to it which is larger than the footprint of the campus. And there is a public walkway with benches along the shore alongside the campus. Roosevelt Island in general has a lot of public space. There was no “giving up” of public waterfront. It was incorporated very nicely.

  5. A whole Jetsons scene on the island, until you see the Q B bridge back there

  6. This gentrification disgusts me. RI is too crowded already! No more of this

  7. Can we get some politicians behind repainting the Queensborough Bridge? How about just the brown parts painted dark blue?

  8. This was all public land that is now all privately owned. This land was just given away by the mayor.

    • The mayor has no say on Roosevelt Island. It’s the State that has leased the land from the city for something like 99 years. Roosevelt Island Operating Corp. Leases the land to Cornell.

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