The Diana Center
Architects & Firms
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
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Architect of record:
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
CAD system, project management, or other software used:
Metal/glass curtainwall: Enterprise Architectural Sales Inc., Architectural Glazing Technologies
Insulated-panel or plastic glazing: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope (Interior)
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Petersen Geller Spurge, Inc
Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore
Carpet: Bentley Prince Street
Office furniture: Allegheny, Peter Mann Studios, Herman Miller, Barret Hill, 3-Form.
Add any additional building components or special equipment that made a significant contribution to this project:
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), www.oldcastleglass.com/products/architectural-glass
Goldray (Exterior) www.goldrayindustries.com
Interior Glass Walls/Doors: Champion
Lighting Control Systems: Lutron
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.