Sarah Lawrence College Monika A. and Charles A. Heimbold Jr. Visual Arts Center

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Sarah Lawrence College Monika A. and Charles A. Heimbold Jr. Visual Arts Center

The Heimbold Center establishes a dynamic interdisciplinary environment for the visual arts – a truly unified environment that inspires creativity, fosters an intensive dialogue between students and faculty, and breaks down barriers between arts disciplines.

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The structure provides a flexible framework for an intensive and creative world, one that can transform to provide for a wide variety of approaches, personalities and teaching methodologies over time.

Susan T. Rodriguez, Design Partner
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The building is integrated into the topography of its hilltop site adjacent the two-story, fieldstone President’s house: on the south a stepped grass-covered rooftop reduces the overall impact of the building on the natural environment and creates a new outdoor public focal point for the campus.

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To encourage movement through the building and provide all students visual access to the creative process, the design incorporates pre-existing pedestrian paths between classroom facilities on the historic campus and dormitories to its west.

Glass affords visual transparency and maximizes daylighting within. Glass garage doors open to the landscaped terrace from the studios, critique spaces and café, achieving a physical permeability that blurs the distinction between landscape and architecture.

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Art education makes sense only if art is conceived to be as central to life and to education as any other activity, and is not merely tolerated as a ‘cultural ornament’.

Kurt Roesch, Painter, Faculty Member 1934-1972
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Studio spaces for painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, film/new media, visual fundamentals, art history and visual culture are specific to each discipline; production spaces are accessible to all students, and general critique spaces, seminar rooms, technology clusters, teaching and exhibit spaces are interspersed throughout the building.

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The building’s primary materials – locally-quarried fieldstone, cedar, channel glass and zinc – were inspired by the campus’s rich landscape and its historic architecture. 

Details

Year
2004
Location
Bronxville, NY
Size
59,857 GSF
Program
Classrooms, Critique Space, Exhibit Space, Studio, Production Space, Seminar Room, Technology Cluster
LEED Certified

Team

Design Partner
Susan T. Rodriguez
Management Partner
Timothy Hartung
Project Manager
Joanne Sliker
Project Architect, Design
Jeff Miles
Project Architect for Construction
John Lowery
Interiors
Charmian Place
Design Team
Gary Anderson, Chris Andreacola, Greg Haley, Elliott Hodges, Yama Karim, Tara Leibenhaut-Tyre, Leonard Leung, Harry Park, Kevin Rice, Ivan Rupnik, James Sinks

Awards

  • 2008
    • Educational Facility Design Honor Award, AIA/New York Chapter Building Type Award
    • Sustainable Design Merit Award, AIA/New York Chapter Building Type Award
  • 2005
    • Award for Excellence in Design, AIA/New York State
    • AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects
    • First Honor Award, AIA Westchester/Mid-Hudson
    • Sustainable Design Award, AIA Westchester/Mid-Hudson
  • 2004
    • Higher Education Merit Award, Best of 2004, New York Construction

Press

  • 2008
    • "Dynamic Fine Arts or Fine Arts and Performing Arts buildings" (SNCArt Blog, 11/13/2008)
  • 2005
    • Koch, Christina. "The View from Above" (Eco-Structure, 9/2005)
    • Solomon, Nancy B. "The Pick of the Sustainable Crop" (Architectural Record, 7/2005)
  • 2004
    • Genocchio, Benjamin. "At Sarah Lawrence, Visual Arts Center Breaks Barriers" (The New York Times, 10/31/2004)
    • Merkel, Jayne. "Image: Today's Big Man on Campus" (Architectural Record, 4/2004)
    • "Heimbold Visual Arts Center to Feature Green Elements" (New York Construction, 5/2004)

Consultants

Structural
Severud Associates
MEP
Altieri Sebor Wieber LLC Consulting Engineers
Civil/Geotechnical
Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.
Landscape
Quennell Rothschild & Partners, LLP
Lighting
Brandston Partnership, Inc.
Graphics
Poulin + Morris, Inc.
Telecommunications/Data
Shen Milsom & Wilke
Specifications
Construction Specifications, Inc.
Code/Life Safety
Hughes Associates, Inc.
Cost Estimating
Wolf & Company, P.C.
Sustainability
Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
Elevator
Iros Elevator Design Services, Inc.
Acoustics/Theater
Harvey Marshall Berling Associates
Industrial Hygiene
Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety
Waterproofing
James R. Gainfort Consulting Architects, P.C.
Photography Lab Consultant
Photo Lab Fabrications
General Contractor
Sciame Construction, LLC
Photography
Richard Barnes, Stefen Turner, Aislinn Weidele/Ennead Architects