Pratt Institute Film/Video Department Expansion by WASA/Studio A Opens

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The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, recently opened a new home for its film/video department on Myrtle Avenue. New York–based firm WASA/Studio A, lead by Pratt alumnus Jack Esterson, designed the 15,000-square-foot institution in the former Prattstore building. The building was completely gutted and redesigned for the department with screening rooms, studios, and editing facilities. 

Previously located in the lower level of an on-campus athletic facility, the department  has been able to increase its enrollment thanks to the square footage provided by its new location. Free-span trusses allow for 23-foot-high ceilings without internal columns, creating large, open studio spaces. Programmatic elements are treated as freestanding, sculptural elements. A floating bridge connects rooms on the second floor.

The building features a 96-seat screening room, a sound recording studio, and two high-end color grading and post-production suites. Students may also utilize a large soundstage, which can be converted into two units, as well as a second, smaller soundstage. The screening room, sound stages, and recording studio are wrapped in a perforated metal-panel structure, titled Origins, created by Pratt architecture faculty member Haresh Lalvani.

“We’re thrilled to open a cutting-edge facility where students and faculty can further explore the art of filmmaking and video production on Myrtle Avenue,” said Pratt Institute President Thomas F. Schutte, a founding member, trustee, and chair of the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership. “With many important film and video businesses calling Brooklyn their home, the new space will enable us to build even closer relationships with the nearby filmmaking community and generate new academic and professional opportunities for our creative and gifted students.”

“The students, faculty, and alumni in our program have much to celebrate with this new building—a place to explore and shape their artistic vision,” said Gerry Snyder, dean of Pratt Institute’s School of Art, which includes the film/video department. “The new footprint on campus gives our award-winning faculty the space to educate the next generation of innovators in motion media.”