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The Diana Center, New York

New York, NY United States

Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism


Project Description

The Diana Center, designed by New York–based Weiss/Manfredi for Barnard College, looks simple: a five-story glass prism served straight-up. A closer reading, however, reveals a narrative of complexity. The façade is paneled in glass, but not in a display of transparency for transparency’s sake: some panels have a graduated frit; others are shadow boxes, with space between a translucent glass outer layer and a second opaque inner layer. The functions inside the building establish whether the panels will be opaque, transparent, or something in between. A swath of transparent glass rises diagonally up the Broadway façade, revealing a stepped, four-story atrium full of activity. The architects have created a gesammtkunstwerk, a design addressing urbanism, architecture, landscape, and social life. And that design addresses both the big picture and the small: the hazy quality of the shadow box façade panels is echoed in translucent resin tabletops.

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Project Details

The Diana Center, New York
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Project Team:
    Marion Weiss and Michael A. Manfredi (design partners); Mike Harshman, project manager; Clifton Balch; Kim Nun, project architect; Yehre Suh, project architect; Michael Blasberg; Beth Eckels; Hamilton Hadden; Patrick Hazari; Todd Hoehn; Bryan Kelley; Justin Kwok; Lee Lim; Nick Shipes; Michael Steiner, design team; Patrick Armacost, predesign team; Kian Goh, predesign team; Jason Ro, predesign team; Yehre Suh, predesign team; and Tae-Young Yoon, predesign team
  • Electrical Engineer: Jaros, Baum & Bolles 
  • Mechanical Engineer: Jaros, Baum & Bolles 
  • Plumbing Engineer: Jaros, Baum & Bolles 
  • Vertical Transportation Engineer: Jaros, Baum & Bolles 
  • Structural Engineer: Severud Associates 
  • Civil Engineer: Langan Engineering and Environmental Services 
  • Construction Manager: Bovis Lend Lease 
  • General Contractor: Bovis Lend Lease 
  • Landscape Architect: HM White SA 
  • Lighting Designer: Brandston Partnership 
  • Curtain Wall Consultant: R.A. Heintges Architects Consultants 
  • IT/Acoustic/Security Consultant: Cerami & Associates with TM Technology Partners 
  • Food Service Consultant: Ricca Newmark Design 
  • Retail Consultant: Jeanne Giordano 
  • Cost: AMIS 
  • Sustainability Consultant: Viridian Energy & Environmental 
  • Theater Consultant: Fisher Dachs Associates 
  • Theater Acoustic Consultant: Jaff eHolden Acoustics 
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Project Size:
    98,000 sq ft
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