US University Unveils Revised Expansion Plans

20 March 2011 (Last Updated March 20th, 2011 18:30)

New York University (NYU) has revised its expansion plans following community opposition to previously announced proposals. In November, neighbourhood opposition led NYU to scrap plans for a 38-storey building. NYU's original plan also required acquiring seven strips of city

New York University (NYU) has revised its expansion plans following community opposition to previously announced proposals.

In November, neighbourhood opposition led NYU to scrap plans for a 38-storey building.

NYU's original plan also required acquiring seven strips of city land. Now it will only acquire four.

The new plans include replacement of the university's gymnasium with a 74,322m² mixed-use building named the Zipper Building because of its zigzag shape.

The Zipper Building will include faculty and student housing and an 83m-tall hotel.

In the northern block, plans include two boomerang-shaped buildings, one 14 storeys tall and the other eight storeys tall, for classrooms or administrative space.

The northern block is also planned to include a new public open space called the Philosophy Garden.