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Barnard College Diana Center

The Diana Center establishes a new nexus for social, cultural, and intellectual life at Barnard College.

Winner of a national design competition, a national AIA award, and a Progressive Architecture award, the Diana Center establishes a new nexus for social, cultural, and intellectual life at Barnard College. Located on Broadway, the multi-use arts center unites landscape and architecture, interior and exterior in a seven-story building with ascending double-height glass atria and an unfolded glazed staircase that bring in natural light and eliminate visual boundaries between the college and the city. Carving a diagonal void through the building, the slipped atria create views through diverse program spaces and visually connect Lehman Lawn to the upper floors of the building and the green roof. The facade—composed of 1,154 clear and color integral glass panels—translates the brick and terra cotta of the surrounding neighborhood into a luminous, energy-efficient exterior.

Envisioned as an innovative center for campus life, the 98,000-square-foot building features dynamic layering of previously separate functions. The program includes architecture and painting studios, a 500-seat performance space, black box theater, cafe, dining room, reading room, classrooms, and exhibition galleries.

Carving a diagonal void through the building, the slipped atria create views through diverse program spaces.

The glass panels of the facade translate the brick and terra cotta of the surrounding neighborhood into a luminous, energy-efficient exterior.

Awards
Institutional Award Built by Women New York City
Green Good Design Award: Green Architecture, Winner Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies
AIA Institute Honor Award AIA National
LEED Gold U.S. Green Building Council
Building of the Year Award: Education Category ArchDaily
AIA Honor Award AIA National
American Architecture Award Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies
2011 University Honor Award The Greater New York Construction User Council
Learning Category, Finalist World Architecture Festival
Annual Design Review Architect Magazine
AIA Best Building in New York State Award AIA New York State
AIA Award of Excellence AIA New York State
Progressive Architecture Award Architect Magazine
InProcess Series, Finalist Architectural League of New York
AIA Honor Award, Projects AIA New York Chapter
National Competition for the Nexus Building, Winner Barnard College, New York City
Press
Sustainable and Green Building: Vol. 2 Research and Education Routledge
Details, Technology, and Form AsBuilt Series
2011 Architecture AIA 2010-2012: Designs for the New Decade
Barnard Process: The Diana Center Weiss/Manfredi
Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture
Barnard College Diana Center Metals in Construction
Barnard College Diana Center World Architecture
Letter From America Barnard College Diana Center
The Class of '10 New York Magazine
Barnard College's Bunker Replaced by Elegant Student Center Bloomberg
Diana Center Architect Magazine
Broadway Opening Metropolis Magazine
Sustainability Survey vol. 1: Currents in Sustainability in the USA: New York City A+U
AIA Guide to New York City Oxford University Press
Architects at Play with Glass American Craft Council
Through the Mesh International Lotus
Nexus - Barnard College Concept, Vol. 116
By Night Loft Publications
New York Competitions Future Arquitecturas
And: GUIDE NY Fusion PUblishing
On The Boards, Barnard Nexus Architecture Magazine
Paleontological Museum Uses Latest Glass Technology To Showcase Earth's History U.S. Glass, Metal, & Glazing