Rubenstein Commons - Institute for Advanced Study

The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, established in 1930, will build a new commons building on their historic campus near its original 1939 building, Fuld Hall, where Albert Einstein spent his last thinking years.


The building forms an intertwining through the landscape connecting with pools of water on the North, South, East and West. The pools (which also contain underwater photovoltaics) reflect sunlight into interior spaces producing an atmosphere of reflection. Natural phenomena are intertwined with science, physics, humanities, and art –corresponding with the Institute’s mission. Prismatic glass above 7’ breaks white light into the color spectrum energizing the interior with natural phenomena.

Location Princeton, NJ, USA
Architect Steven Holl Architects
Type Universities + Libraries
size20,000 ft2 / 1,900 m2
Status In Progress

L'Observatoire Intl Team
Principal Hervé Descottes
Project Leader Natalia Priwin
Project Team Billy Wong Carrie Chang
Photo Credits Steven Holl Architects