The remodelled School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture at City College of New York, US, has been officially opened.
The remodelling included the overhaul of the existing structure, which is a five-storey, modernist glass-block building designed and constructed as a library in the late 1950s.
The building was renovated by Rafael Viñoly Architects (RVA) by preserving only the structure of reinforced concrete columns and floor slabs.
The 135,000ft² renovated facility houses administrative offices, classrooms, exhibition space, architectural library, mechanical rooms, design studios, faculty offices, a model shop and a separate facility for the City College Architectural Centre.
The building also includes a rooftop open-air amphitheatre that provides additional teaching space.
The new structure, highlighted by its central atrium, features an intersecting series of steel staircases and pedestrian bridges, facilitating circulation throughout the building and establishing connectivity between floors.
Partial mezzanine levels have been inserted above the studio floors of the new structure to provide space for faculty offices.