City College of New York South Campus Development
Brooklyn College West Quad
An existing, though poorly maintained, modernist glass-block building – designed and built in the early Fifties – has been selected as the new home for the City College School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture which has outgrown its current location in Shepard Hall. Originally conceived as a library, decades of evolving academic and administrative programs have transformed this building, scheduled to contain the new architecture school, into a fractured collection of generally inadequate spaces housing administrative functions for the college as a whole. The RVA master plan for the campus relocates these administrative functions to other structures and calls for a gut renovation of this fine existing building.
On the exterior, a strategy for providing controlled light into studio spaces, involves erecting light stainless steel louvers that respond to the various orientations on the exterior of the building. The rest of the redesign creates two floors of loft studio space, an architecture library, a central exhibit space, offices, and a lecture hall around a large atrium whose system of staircases and bridges facilitate circulation throughout the building. At the top of the atrium, a clerestory introduces natural light into the heart of the plan and a rooftop amphitheater overlooks the campus.