A 120,000-sf mixed-use building was designed for Pratt Institute, an art, design and architecture college located in Brooklyn, New York. Pratt’s most ambitious project to date, Myrtle Hall houses a multitude of growing programs and departments, including the Department of Digital Arts and the Digital Arts Lab, Student Services (comprised of the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, the Bursar, and the Registrar), and the Pratt Center for Community Development—a non-profit housing advocacy group. Retail space occupies the ground floor.
Located on the newly-rejuvenated Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill, an historic landmark district, the building represents a projection of Pratt’s brand of design innovation and excellence into the larger community beyond its traditional gated campus. The design scheme involves the articulation of two basic site-specific wall types. At the south is a louvered glass curtain-wall, which serves as a gesture of transparency to the campus, and at the North side is a panelized masonry wall, a modern response to the surrounding mercantile brick structures along Myrtle Avenue. Connecting these two intersecting volumes is a glazed atrium allowing views into and through the building from both sides while also serving as a central gathering space and galleries for student work.. This material and symbolic gesture of transparency further serves to illustrate Pratt’s openness toward the local community as well as the school's inherent collaborative spirit.
Aligned with Pratt’s overall sustainable initiatives, this building is the first institutional structure in Brooklyn to receive LEED™ Gold certification.