This project, for New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, transforms a five-story historic former public school to better house four arts groups and one community-service organization. Our design proposed a new five-story addition to create additional public space and provide access to all parts of the building.
All of the new construction has presence but not mass, using lightness by day and lighting by night, to play against the heavy masonry school building and signal its physical transformation and programmatic diversity. The addition primarily houses public functions and unifying circulation that speak of this building as a community of performing and visual-arts groups.
52,000 square feet total, including original building and addition
Anticipated LEED Silver