Archive for ‘Platt Byard Dovell White Architects’

January 22, 2012

Poly Prep Lower School | Platt Byard Dovell White Architects

Architects: Platt Byard Dovell White Architects
Location: 50 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, , USA
Cost: $20 million
Completed: 2007
Client: Poly Prep Country Day School
Landmark Status: Park Slope Historic District
Original Architect: Montrose Morris, Romanesque Revival Hulbert Mansion
Project Team: Samuel G. White, FAIA, Design Principal; Serena Losonczy, Project Manager; Matthew Mueller, Job Captain; Leonard Leung; Marie Marberg; Charles Melansen; Tomo Tsujita; Julie Janiski, LEED AP
Photographs: Jonathan Wallen

Our design for Poly Prep reflects a combination of institutional use, residential scale, and compact landscape design in a low-rise urban context.

Unanimously approved by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, Platt Byard Dovell White’s design for the addition to the Hulbert Mansion in the Park Slope Historic District incorporates important aesthetic elements of the neighborhood in a contemporary glass, metal and brick four-story building. The prestigious school had outgrown its space in the existing building – “the castle,” as the students fondly refer to it – and required a renovation of the interior of the existing school and an addition of a modern structure to their campus.

The fast-track addition included eight classrooms, a 2,400 sq. ft. gym, faculty offices, a dance studio and a new ADA compliant entrance to the school. A gathering area within the school’s campus was created outside the new entrance to facilitate the arrival and departure of students and their parents at the busiest times of the day. Design and construction operations conform to the requirements of the U. S. Green Building Council for LEED Silver; Poly Prep was the first school in New York City to achieve LEED certification.

January 22, 2012

Learning Spring School | Platt Byard Dovell White Architects

Architects: Platt Byard Dovell White Architects
Location: 247 East 20th Street at Second Avenue, 
Cost: $31 million
Client: Simons Foundation, LearningSpring Elementary School, Margaret Poggi, Head of School, LearningSpring School, Jim Snyder, Board Member, LearningSpring School
Project Team: Ray H. Dovell, AIA, Design Principal; Elissa Icso, AIA, Project Manager; Matthew Mueller, AIA, Project Architect; Erica Gaswirth, LEED AP, Steven Dodds
Completed: 2010
Photographs: Frederick Charles

Founded in 2001 by a parent group, the LearningSpring School is a 108-student K through 8th grade private day school for children diagnosed on the autism spectrum. The new eight-story building is situated on the northwest corner of 20th Street and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan. It contains a full range of academic, athletic, and special needs spaces arranged internally as a vertical campus, designed to support the special social, physical, and educational needs of its students.

Higher-occupancy spaces, including the gymnasium, library, and lunchroom, as well as administrative functions, are located on the bottom two floors where the floor plates are the largest. Of the six upper stories, two are for lower school classrooms, two are for shared therapy and special education spaces, and two are for the upper classrooms. Classrooms are paired as suites, sharing resource areas, quiet study rooms, and toilets. To provide ample opportunity for informal socialization, seating alcoves off corridors are spread through the building. Circulation between the floors is through a glass-enclosed communicating stair. Classrooms and corridors are finished with cork floors, bamboo casework, and natural wall fabrics, helping to produce a calm and intimate learning environment.

To protect the façades of the building from the unobstructed southeast exposure to the sun, and to provide a valuable visual buffer from the busy intersection, the building is draped with an aluminum and stainless steel sunscreen supported by an external steel armature. Behind is an aluminum, glass and zinc curtain wall. Flanking the adjacent buildings to the north and west and extending along the base of the building is a terracotta rainscreen. Between the two systems is a vertical band of tubular channel glass marking important circulation spaces within. The resulting architecture provides a welcoming and dignified representation of a group of children and their educators long underserved by the city’s schools.

This fast-track project was the first building in New York State to receive a Gold rating under the rigorous LEED For Schools program. This accomplishment was based on various design and construction features, including the provision of natural daylight and neighborhood views for every classroom. The building’s aluminum sunshades, low-e coated insulated glass units, and zinc rain screen spandrels help to cut solar gain significantly. Other environmentally friendly features include operable windows for natural ventilation, low-flow fixtures for water savings, and high-efficiency equipment for energy savings. The LearningSpring School received an AIA/CAE Educational Facility Design Award in 2011.

January 22, 2012

The New 42nd Street Studios | Platt Byard Dovell White Architects

Architects: Platt Byard Dovell White Architects
Location: 225-229 West 42nd Street, 
Completed: 2000
Photographs: Elliott Kaufmann

The New 42 Studio Building is a completely modern eleven-story creative “factory” for the performing arts designed for The New 42 Inc., the non-profit developer of the historic theaters of the 42nd Street Development Project. Mid-block on the north side of 42nd Street between Times Square and Eighth Avenue, the 84,000 square foot new building contains 12 rehearsal studios, 2 combined studio and reception halls, a 199 seat “black box” experimental theater – known as “The Duke on 42nd Street”– and related administrative offices, dressing and locker rooms, storage and other support space for dance companies and other non-profit performing arts groups. At the ground level the Studios incorporate retail space and the 42nd Street access to the lobby of the American Airlines Theater on 43rd Street, formerly known as the Selwyn.

In place of the conventional illuminated signage called for by the 42nd Street redevelopment project, the Studio Building’s façade is a collage of metal and glass, with sun-catching dichroic glass at the base, a 175 foot high-tech vertical LightPipe and an array of perforated metal blades presenting an infinitely variable display of colored light projected from ranks of programmable theatrical fixtures. Behind the blades, the transparent glass of the building adds the animation of the lights of the studios and the actual movements of the dancers at work and at the barres. Inside, the spirit of the collage pervades the building in inventive, colorful signage and graphics. Standing out from the hokey commercialism of its surroundings, the sensuous and engaging abstraction of the Studios strongly and appropriately announces 42nd Street’s principal working venue for performing artists operating at the creative edge. At the same time, the Studios’ inventive design explores and shows off for the first time some of the creative possibilities inherent in interpretations of the “tacky” lighting associated with historic Times Square and vindicates the notion that the “character” of Times Square was worth substantial public efforts to preserve.

Winner of the 2002 AIA Honor Award for Architecture; 2001 New York State AIA Design Award; and 2001 New York Chapter AIA Design Award. Also winner of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, International Illumination Design Award – The Paul Waterbury Award for Outdoor Lighting Design Award of Distinction; the International Association of Lighting Designers, Special Citation IALD Award; and the New York Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, Lumen Award of Merit.

The New 42nd Street Studios project was recently exhibited at New York’s Urban Center as one of the city’s 30 most distinguished buildings built during the last 30 years. It was featured in Marcia Reiss’s book Architecture in Detail: New York, as one of the twenty most significant buildings in the city, and in Peter Hyatt’s Great Glass Buildings.