New York, New York



Client: Barnard College

Completion date: February 2010

Program: A 98,000-square-foot, seven-level building that includes architecture and painting studios, exhibition galleries, a reading room, classrooms, faculty offices, a café, a dining room, a green roof, and, below ground, a 500-seat performance and event space as well as a 100-seat black-box theater.

Solution: Working within Barnard's dense, brick-dominated campus, the architects set out to design a multistory building that would feel like one continuous space. To get around the tendency of tall buildings to separate people and activities by floor, they staggered a sequence of double-height atria to form a diagonal that cuts through the building like a staircase of rooms. Visitors standing in the top floor galleries look down onto a cascade of spaces (library, dining room, café), which are further unified by long carpet tiles in changing hues of red. To move between floors, visitors use a cantilevered, glassed-in staircase that juts out from the west side of the building like one long, zigzagging bay window. The center's glass-panel exterior riffs on the campus's brick motif but softens it: the panels—some fritted, others backed with shadow boxes—range from a translucent dark red to clear, changing color with with light and smoothing the building's edges.

Total construction cost: $57 million

130 West 29th Street, 12th floor 
New York, NY 10001
Tel: 212.760.9002 
Fax: 212.760.9003


Barnard College

WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism
130 West 29th Street, 12th floor 
New York, NY 10001
Tel: 212.760.9002 
Fax: 212.760.9003

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Marion Weiss and Michael A. Manfredi (Design Partners); Mike Harshman (Project Manager); Clifton Balch, Kian Goh, Kim Nun and Yehre Suh (Project Architects); Michael Blasberg, Beth Eckels,
Hamilton Hadden, Patrick Hazari, Todd Hoehn, Bryan Kelley, Justin Kwok, Lee Lim, Nick Shipes, Michael Steiner (Design Team); Patrick Armacost, Jason Ro, Yehre Suh, and Tae-Young Yoon(Pre-Design Team).

Architect of record:
WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism

Interior designer:
WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism

MEPFP/Vertical Transportation Engineering Consultant: Jaros, Baum & Bolles Consulting Engineers

Structural Engineer: Severud Associates

Civil Engineer: Langan Engineering and Environmental Services

Curtain Wall Consultant: R.A. Heintges Architects Consultants

Lighting Designer: Brandston Partnership Inc.

Landscape Architecture Consultants: HM White Site Architects

AV/IT/General Acoustics/Security Consultants: Cerami & Associates, Inc., with T.M. Technology Partners, Inc.

Food Service Consultant: Ricca Newmark Design

Retail Consultant: Jeanne Giordano

Cost Estimator: AMIS Inc.

Sustainability Consultant: Viridian Energy & Environmental, LLC

Theatre Consultant: Fisher Dachs Associates

Theatre Acoustic Consultant: Jaffe Holden Acoustics

General contractor:
Bovis Lend Lease

Albert Vecerka/Esto
Paul Warchol

Esto Photographics
222 Valley Place, Mamaroneck NY 10543
Tel 914 698 4060
Erica Stoller
Joel Sanders

March Made

CAD system, project management, or other software used:



Exterior cladding
Masonry: Wilkstone

Metal/glass curtainwall: Enterprise Architectural Sales Inc., Architectural Glazing Technologies

Glass: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope (Interior), Goldray (Exterior)

Insulated-panel or plastic glazing:  Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope (Interior)

Entrances: Champion

Interior finishes
Acoustical ceilings: Decoustics

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Petersen Geller Spurge, Inc

Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore

Carpet: Bentley Prince Street

Herman Miller, Steelcase, KI, Pedrali, Walter Knoll

Office furniture: Allegheny, Peter Mann Studios, Herman Miller, Barret Hill, 3-Form.

Interior ambient lighting: Rambusch

Controls: Lutron

Add any additional building components or special equipment that made a significant contribution to this project:
Carpet: Bentley Prince Street

Exterior Wall Systems: Enterprise Architectural Sales Inc., Architectural Glazing Technologies

Fabrics: Maharam, Designtex, Unika Vaev

Furniture: Herman Miller, Steelcase, KI, Pedrali, 3-Form, Custom: Allegheny and Peter Mann

Glass: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope (Interior),

Goldray (Exterior)

Interior Glass Walls/Doors: Champion

Lighting Control Systems: Lutron

Lighting: Rambusch

Masonry and Stone: Wilkstone

Millwork: Petersen Geller Spurge, Inc.

Paints and Finishes: Benjamin Moore

Seating: See Furniture

Site and Landscape Products: Dubner

Wayfinding: Crystal McKenzie, Inc.