Like many urban institutions in search of properties for housing, New York University looked for a creative solution for housing its graduate students. The challenge was to convert a 1970s office building to create a distinctive image, as well as a sense of community for students.
The first floor of the existing building originally was dark and open to the elements. ASSOCIATED FIRMAvinash Malhotra, AIACOST PER SQ FT$145.00FEATURED IN2001 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYResidence Halls/Lounges architect enclosed this level to create a 4,100-square-foot reception and meeting space. An 80-foot Main Street was created with curved 20-foot ceilings and a long, illuminated, sloping wall that leads to the elevator banks. A 30-foot reception center/desk is the nerve center of the residence hall, where resident advisers and facility management/security personnel are visible at all times and are available to meet with students.
A dynamic glass and steel canopy reaches from within the building and extends to the street, providing an identifiable area to meet buses.