The Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, Academic Building and Library
The multi-phased transformation of three historic townhouses creates an urban campus and physical identity for the Bard Graduate Center for Studies for the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture, an institution dedicated to advancing recognition of the decorative arts as primary expressions of human achievement.
The renovation and expansion joins two early twentieth-century residential buildings with narrow footprints and stringent landmark regulations into one modern building. Behind the restored historic brick and limestone Beaux Arts façades the buildings are stripped to the structural steel, two additional floors are added on top and into the rear yard. A new brick, copper and glass rear yard facade reflects the minimal aesthetic of the interior spaces.
Large expanses of glass and new exterior rooftop terraces link interior and exterior, visually expanding the compact quarters of the building. Movement through the building is choreographed to orient users toward the natural light, particularly by creating open spaces from north to south where possible.
The careful insertion of the new structure into its historic framework has transformed the interior of what was a private residence into an open, light-filled public environment for the decorative arts. With new and renovated facades to reflect its new academic identity, the building reemerges as a vital new institutional presence within the urban fabric of the city.
- New York, NY
- 17,000 GSF
- Facade Restoration, Lobby/Reception Area, Lecture Hall, Library, Digital Imaging Center, Classroom, Seminar Space, Faculty Lounge, Faculty Office
- Design Partner
Susan T. Rodriguez
- Management Partner
- Project Manager
- Design Team
Sarah Jefferys, Stefan Knust, Clay Miller
- MEP/FP Phase I
Thomas Polise Consulting Engineer, P.C.
- MEP/FP Phase II
Altieri Sebor Wieber LLC Consulting Engineers
Construction Specifications, Inc.
- Acoustics/AV/IT Phase I
Shen Milsom & Wilke
- Acoustics/AV/IT Phase II
Harvey Marshall Berling Associates
- Code/Life Safety Phase I
Jerome S. Gillman Consulting Architect, P.C.
- Code/Life Safety Phase II
Pentagram Design, Inc.
Van Deusen & Associates
- Food Service
- Graphics Phase I
H Plus Incorporated
- Graphics Phase II
Pentagram Design, Inc.
- Preservation Architect Phase II
Li Saltzman Architects
- Landscape Phase I
Towers|Golde Landscape Architects and Site Planners LLC
- Landscape Phase II
Catherine Redd Horticulture + Landscape
Brandston Partnership, Inc.
Ducibella Venter & Santore
- General Contractor Phase I
- General Contractor Phase II
Westerman Construction Co, Inc.
Jeff Goldberg/Esto, Aislinn Weidele/Ennead Architects