The New School in New York City has unveiled University Center, designed by Roger Duffy, FAIA, of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). The 375,000-sq.-ft. building includes 57 classrooms, nine floors of dormitories housing 600 students, a two-level library and student study center, a multiuse space on the lower level known as the Event Café, and the 800-seat John L. Tishman Auditorium equipped with a convertible stage.
Photo by Martin Seck
Anchoring the center is a grand staircase, which connects the first seven academic floors and features landing points known as “skyquads” to encourage interaction among faculty and students.
Photo by Kasia Broussalian/the New School
“We designed a vertical campus for the New School, effectively accommodating the needs of an entire university within a single building,” Duffy, design partner at SOM, said in a statement. “Living and learning spaces are linked together with horizontal, vertical, and diagonal campus pathways, providing students with more opportunities for the types of interactions and chance encounters that are vital to discussion and debate.”
Arnhold Forum two-story library and study space. Photo by Kasia Broussalian/the New School
Tishman Auditorium. Photo by Kasia Broussalian/the New School