Cornell University Stocking Hall


Calori & Vanden-Eynden

Practice Area


Cornell University, Mitchell Giurgola Architects


Project Vision

What do you do with a blank wall in a dairy plant? You cover it in cow spots, of course. And hide a few cow faces in among the spots!

“Have some fun” was the advice Calori & Vanden-Eynden (New York) gave college administrators at Cornell University when they added a new dairy plant to an existing lab building.

In addition, the world-famous Cornell Dairy Bar was moving to the new building and needed a memorable icon to identify its new home. Dairy = milk = milk bottle = Dairy Bar. What could be more logical?

The cow spots also laid claim to the atrium lobby and wound their way up a staircase to an observation deck overlooking the Willy Wonka-esque dairy machinery. The milk bottle has become the photo-op location for the new building and the cow spots make for a playful—and fun—dairy plant interior.

Project Details
Rorschach meets rawhide in this fun, playful, and moving use of negative space. The simple floating cow patterns are unexpectedly complex and delightful.
Juror 1
Using the element of cow spots could have led to a too-obvious design. But the way the designers represented this element in the three-dimensional space is what gives strength to this idea. The project is exceptionally executed, an example of how a design can be elegant and playful at the same time.
Juror 2
Design Team

David Vanden-Eynden (principal in charge, art director); Chris Calori (advisory principal); Kisuh Chung, Marissa Dessanti, Stephanie Zigomalas (designers)

Design Firm

Calori & Vanden-Eynden

Project Area

200,000 sq. ft.


Geograph Industries