Fashion Institute of Technology, West Courtyard Dining Hall Addition

New York, New York

Opening photo: ©Andrew Goldman

The new dining hall at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology quickly has become one of the most popular destinations on campus.

The building houses a 550-seat dining hall with full kitchen and food court/servery, plus a new campus bookstore. The cafeteria features roll-up doors that extend the facility for outdoor dining. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY550COST PER SQ FT$372.00FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio provides more than 2,000 meals during lunch hour, with branded stations for sit-down and grab-and-go dining.

A large star floor pattern divides the food court into individual food stations, with the coloration carried through to the large dining hall. The dining hall roof is supported by four large columns to give the impression of a skylighted canopy above the center of the hall. The double-height central area is surrounded by three ancillary areas to allow for more intimate groupings.

Outside, chromatic striations differentiate the dining hall from the surrounding sandstone campus buildings. This announces the hall as a new destination while tying it to the existing buildings.

The new dining hall’s popularity has exceeded the administration’s expectations and increased on-campus dining by 60 percent in its first half-year.