The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center establishes a new 32,800sf campus nexus for Parsons The New School for Design by uniting and comprehensively re-organizing the street-level spaces of the School’s four buildings around a new urban quad. The Center performs as an expansive urban threshold that draws together the School’s creative programs and their vibrant Greenwich Village context. New Fifth Avenue and West 13th Street entries connect internally for the first time in the glazed-roof quad and provide access to new state-of-the-art galleries, archives, auditorium, orientation center, student critique zone, and seminar spaces.
A continuous thin window lounge encourages students and faculty to occupy the complex’s perimeter in a series of deep frames that open up views out to the city and in to student work displayed internally at a monumental scale.
Stripped to expose their substantial concrete and steel structures, the existing building shells provide a raw and varied industrial context for the new, discretely articulated programmatic insertions within. Made possible through the generous gift and vision of Sheila C. Johnson, the Center recognizes the urban context of the institution, reflects The New School’s commitment to the new, and places on view to the street the innovative work being produced at the University.
Architects: Lyn Rice Architects
Location: New York, USA
Architects in Charge: Lyn Rice & Astrid Lipka
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: © Richard Barnes, © Michael Moran, © Noah Sheldon, © Lyn Rice Architects
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