WEISS / MANFREDI: Diana Center

Barnard College’s Diana Center, a 98,000 SF multipurpose arts building designed by Weiss / Manfredi, has recently opened for use. The competition-winning design aims to transform the project from simply an art facility into a “social nexus”, creating new spaces for interaction and collaboration between the building’s users.

The 7-storey structure includes architecture and painting studios, a 500-seat performance space, black box theatre, cafe, dining room, reading room, classrooms, and exhibition galleries – all contained within facade of 1,154 clear and color-integral glass panels, intended to reference the brick and terra cotta used  in the surrounding neighborhood.

The project’s most striking feature is a diagonal void carved through the building, creating double-heigh glass atria that connect the building’s interior with the surrounding campus and the city beyond – while also creating informal spaces for the interaction and collaboration mentioned above.

The public-space volume twisting out from the main structure, creating views and social interaction, etc, actually reminds me of Steven Holl’s Linked Hybrid (oddly enough).

::info + images provided by WEISS / MANFREDI::

Posted: February 25th, 2010
at 11:48am by orangemenace

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Categories: architecture,green arch

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  1. several years ago, archpaper had an interesting writeup on the nexus facade: http://www.archpaper.com/e-board_rev.asp?News_ID=159

    the street-side elevation looks really good.


    26 Feb 10 at 4:28 am


  2. Not sure about the orange gradient on the windows (am I reading that right?) but W/M continually impress me with their compositions.


    26 Feb 10 at 4:45 am


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  4. This building has an interesting architecture, but not very futuristic.

    Stela Savage

    4 Mar 10 at 1:23 am


  5. The photos and renderings look great, but in person the exterior is kind of fug. Very orange, and not in a good way. The interior is nice, though.


    6 Sep 10 at 7:56 pm



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