Stephen Gaynor School and Ballet Hispánico

Stephen Gaynor School and Ballet Hispánico

Stephen Gaynor School and Ballet Hispánico

The new tower of the Stephen Gaynor School houses a k-8 school for children with learning differences on its lower seven floors. The top three floors are home to the Ballet Hispánico.


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The first floor lounge provides a casual place for students and faculty to interact. ©David Sundberg/ESTO
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The former site’s brownstone stair was easy for students to navigate and was a social center.
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The new Gaynor stair creates two smaller schools joined by a floor of shared programming; the intimacy of the brownstone is retained, and in a space that allows for growth.
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Atrium stair
The design addresses the unique needs of students who often have orientation and navigation challenges. Recapturing the intimate spirit of the school’s former small brownstone site by dividing the program into upper and lower schools, the facility is stitched together with a generous atrium stair. ©Paul Warchol
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The concrete transfer trusses, seen here from the first floor, are a defining element both inside and out. ©Paul Warchol
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On the lower floors the stair is more contained; on the upper levels it expands toward the building perimeter, with views to the city from landings.
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The overscaled window in the library becomes a defining feature from the exterior. ©David Sundberg/ESTO
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Sketch of concrete transfer truss
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The facade takes color and material cues from its neighbors. ©David Sundberg/ESTO
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©Paul Warchol
Ballet Hispanico
Ballet Hispánico
The Ballet Hispánico houses three large studios with locker rooms, new offices, and services for the company and school staff. Each studio has panoramic views of the city to the north and south. Waffle slab construction allows column-free studios. © David Sundberg/ESTO
Year
2009
Location
Upper West Side, New York
Client
Stephen Gaynor School & Ballet Hispanico
Typology
Academic
Size
51,500 SF
Design Team
Thaddeus Briner, Lissa So
Consultants
Severud Associates, Flack & Kurtz, Reg Hough (Concrete), Hansen
Awards
AIA NY State Award of Merit, Boston Society of Architects, K-12 Educational Facilities Design Award, AIA NYC Architecture Merit Award
Photography Credits
David Sundberg, Amy Barkow and Nathan Sayers
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