City University of New York, Brooklyn College, Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema

Brooklyn, New York

  • FIRM

    Dattner Architects


    City University of New York, Brooklyn College; Steiner NYC



Design team
Daniel Heuberger AIA, LEED AP (Principal)

Situated in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the new home for the nascent public graduate cinema program spans the upper two floors of a recently restored, historic naval building within Steiner Studios, the largest film and television production facility outside Hollywood. Designed to embrace the culture of a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCITATIONSpecial CitationFEATURED IN2016 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYAdaptive Reuse movie lot and create a micro-campus for this new program, the facility includes everything students need to learn to make feature films.
Production facilities occupy the sixth floor with a sound stage, production labs, a motion capture studio, a construction shop, an equipment room, and a screening room complete with a mixing area. Post-production labs, editing suites, recording studios, instruction and administration spaces occupy the fifth floor.
Organized as a “vertical” campus, the two levels are joined together through a forum amphitheater, bathed in natural light, that creates a spectacular gathering, meeting and viewing space. Within the existing building’s essentially blank slate, the design accommodates the complex program with multipurpose spaces through “box-in-box” design that resolve sound transmission issues, and design elements that both capitalize on and block natural light.