A world-class interdisciplinary facility rises behind the façades of three 100-year-old buildings, enabling an otherwise new building to blend into historic Greenwich Village. Demolition of the existing structures and new construction proceeded in phases, ultimately building out the new facility from back to front to connect to the preserved façades.
To maximize square footage, the building was expanded from six floors with a cellar to eight floors with cellar and subcellar, as well as a mechanical penthouse, and rooftop greenhouse that meet urban step-back requirements.
Within the facility, flexible, open-plan laboratories efficiently co-locate more than one hundred genomics and bioinformatics scientists from NYU and peer institutions worldwide. To maximize the tight building footprint, the design creates an innovative vertical community, where glass stairways and a variety of informal spaces foster interaction among collaborative working groups on different floors.
Shared core facilities accommodate sensitive equipment and instrumentation. The building also includes special environmentally controlled rooms for plant growth and other biological research functions. The 86-seat auditorium accommodates conferences and symposia.
EYP was Executive and Collaborating Architect in association with Ennead Architects.
The new 71,000 GSF building creates an identity that merges history and modernity, honoring its historic fabric and setting while celebrating the future-oriented perspective of science.Collaborative Space Interiors
New York University