Design details are emerging on the rehabilitation of the Richardson Olmsted Complex, a former psychiatric hospital and National Historic Landmark in Buffalo, New York. Flynn Battaglia Architects, Deborah Berke Partners, and Goody Clancy are redeveloping about one-third of the 480,000-square-foot campus as a boutique hotel, event and conference space, and Buffalo Architecture Center.
Deborah Berke Partners’ recently revealed design for the north entry merges a modern addition that maintains a connection to the site’s history “by juxtaposing geometric glass forms with the recently revealed wood and Medina sandstone arches,” according to a statement from the firm.
The complex features eight interconnected buildings, including signature Gothic towers, designed between 1869 and 1872 by Henry Hobson Richardson in collaboration with landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. “Due to its original use and history, the interior has been largely hidden from view,” said Peter Flynn, design principal for Flynn Battaglia, in a statement. “It will be exciting to open it up to public access and celebrate Richardson’s monumental design.”