Following an international competition, we were selected to design The Women’s Building, a new global hub for the women’s and girls’ rights movements. The project transforms the former Bayview Correctional Center, an abandoned women’s prison, into a dynamic facility for activism and action. It includes an auditorium, galleries, lounges, a café, a media center, wellness facilities, co-working spaces, and offices.
The old prison building was dark, cramped, and forbidding. The Women’s Building is welcoming. The design brings natural light deep into the building’s core, turning a space of confinement into an environment of empowerment. A series of terraces extends the experience outdoors with expansive views of the city and the Hudson River.
A bold new tower rises on the site of the former prison annex, giving The Women’s Building a strong identity on the Chelsea skyline.