To create the new Richard B. Fisher Building at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, H3 is working with BAM to transform a historic 1928 building into a new home for emerging artists and community groups, innovative arts education programs, and intimate performances.
The renovation of the two-story historic building and the six-story addition reflect the project’s location in the BAM Historic District. The addition’s façade provides a subtle, textural counterpoint that lets the historic Salvation Army building take center stage. During the day, the building provides continuity with the adjacent historic façades of the BAM Opera and Williamsburg Savings Bank Tower; at night, it will glow as a beacon on the block, with light and activity.
The project adds a 250-seat performance space and a 100-seat rehearsal space to the portfolio of venues at BAM, providing much needed smaller size spaces to accommodate experimental, international, and community performers. Maximizing the potential of the existing historic building, the design also integrates offices, support spaces, a roof terrace, and a flexible ground floor lobby space.