On the corner of 14th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, this new, multipurpose facility is the “new heart” of The New School. This new, multipurpose facility has a dorm-lounge-classroom-library combo that brings the school’s brand ,showing a sensitive relation on the corner and neighborhood, a good balanced between its needs and its urban context.
The University Center, designed by lead architect, Roger Duffy, at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), has produced a distinctively urban building, respectful but not obsequious. The building combines all aspects of a traditional campus into a single, 16-story building, offering 200,000 sq. feet of academic space on the first seven floors and 150,000 sq. feet for a 600-bed dormitory on the levels above. The brass-and-glass structure is the largest construction project in the university’s 91-year history in Greenwich Village.