Pratt’s Myrtle Hall Has Modern Twist by WASA

Slender mixed-use building responds to varying site conditions by merging brick and glass masses.

Myrtle Hall at Pratt Institute

MYRTLE HALL AT PRATT INSTITUTE
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When a university expansion goes ahead as planned without the usual neighborhood objections and media fallout, that’s almost news in itself. Such is the case with Pratt’s new Myrtle Hall, a multi-use structure housing admissions, studios and offices, that quietly opened to the public on January 10. WASA/Studio A designed the building.

Widely expected to meet the LEED Gold standards, the new sliver of a building crams over 100,000 square feet into its 75 foot by 205 wide plot; the ground floor is filled with retail storefronts.

“If there was ever a site that required two different responses this was it,” said design partner Jack Esterson, referring to a “sea of parking lots” to the south and Fort Greene’s brownstones nearby. “We wanted something that was resolutely contemporary, but responsive,” he said.

The building is a four-story masonry volume intersecting a six-story glass volume. The third and most visible element is large glass cutout with Pratt’s logo etched onto the glass. The cutout reveals a two-story atrium that will function as the school’s art gallery.

Tom Stoelker

 

Myrtle Hall at Pratt Institute

THE FOUR-STORY BRICK FACADE RESPONDS TO NEARBY BROWNSTONES WITHOUT COMPROMISING MODERNITY (ABOVE) AND A TWO-STORY ATRIUM SERVING AS AN ART GALLERY (BELOW).

Myrtle Hall at Pratt Institute

GLASS FACADE WITH SUN-SHADES

THE MERGING OF THE BRICK AND GLASS MASSES

AN INTERIOR STAIR

Myrtle Hall at Pratt Institute

A RECEPTION DESK IN MYRTLE HALL’S LOBBY (ABOVE)
A CORRIDOR OVERLOOKING THE TWO-STORY ART GALLERY
ANOTHER GLASS-LINED CORRIDOR WITH OFFICES

Myrtle Hall at Pratt Institute

EDUCATIONAL SPACE INSIDE MYRTLE HALL (ABOVE) AND AN EXTERIOR VIEW AT DUSK (BELOW).

Myrtle Hall at Pratt Institute

 

 

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