* Architecture: The Diana Center at Barnard College by Weiss Manfredi
Posted by the editors on Friday, 1 June 2012
Architecture: The Diana Center at Barnard College by Weiss Manfredi: “..Winner of a national design competition and a Progressive Architecture Award, the Diana Center establishes a new nexus for social, cultural, and intellectual life at Barnard College. From the historic entrance gate at Broadway, the wedge-shaped design frames a clear sightline linking the central campus at Lehman Lawn to the lower level historic core of the campus. The Diana Center extends Lehman Lawn horizontally and vertically: descending planted terraces cascade north to Milbank Hall, previously isolated by a 14-foot-high retaining wall and plaza, and ascending double-height atria bring natural light and views into the seven-story structure..Carving a diagonal void through the building, the ascending double-height glass atria establish continuous sightlines through the gallery, reading room, dining room, and café. Anchoring the lower levels, a 500-seat multipurpose events space and 100-seat black box theatre house lectures, special events, and theatrical productions. On the campus side of the building, an unfolded glazed staircase encourages informal encounters at the heart of a rich intellectual community and provides views to the surrounding campus. Conceived as a vertical campus quad, this cantilevered route interweaves the spaces of the building into those of the campus..Sustainability is integral to the conception of the design and supports the College’s effort to teach and practice environmental principles. The green roof offers a 2,800-square-foot ecological learning center for Barnard’s Biology and Environmental Science students as well as valuable new social space. The building maximizes daylight and views and incorporates operable windows, radiant flooring, and recycled materials. Occupancy sensors, automated shading, and high performance MEP systems increase efficiency..” Award-winning, sustainability, green roof, extensive glazing, controlled natural light, double height atriums; contextual and social sensibility..LEED Gold Certified..
See our post on another project by Weiss Manfredi: Architecture: Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center by Weiss/Manfredi Opens to the Public.
image: © Albert Vecerka/Esto; article: Minner , Kelly . “The Diana Center at Barnard College / Weiss Manfredi” 19 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/97256>