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A central white oak slatted screen wraps & unifies various program elements including elevator, stairs, storage, balcony and ticketing counter.
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R+L's expansion of the facade is not the first - a previous extension occupied the same ground for most of the building's life until being demolished in the 1980s.
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Masonry stem walls were added to the facade in the 1930s. The new lobby will occupy the space bracketed by these two walls.
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Deep set window fins will be framed with alignments that relate to the spacing of the three original windows above.
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New deep window fins have diverse orientation. The mullions bend in different directions providing passersby with an animated experience in which openings that appear closed from a distance, reveal themselves as one nears the building.
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The open façade welcomes the public and puts the interior lobby on display, making a new visual connection with the sidewalk and street. A wooden slat structure inside combines diverse elements in the center of the space into a single visual element.

CHOICIRCIATI CULTURAL CENTER EXPANSION

Choicirciati Cultural Center / NYCDDC, New York, NY

The Choicirciati Cultural Center Expansion project re-imagines the lobby space and street facade of the CCC to better engage users and maximize visibility and connectivity with the street to more effectively host its broad range of theatrical productions.

The expanded lobby will accommodate a larger audience and will provide anew unique identity to the theater both through its new facade and interior. New deep window fins have diverse orientation. The mullions bend in different directions providing passersby with an animated experience in which openings that appear closed from a distance, reveal themselves as one nears the building. The open façade welcomes the public and puts the interior lobby on display, making a new visual connection with the sidewalk and street.

A wooden slat structure combines the diverse elements in the center of the space (elevator, balcony, two stairs and ticketing counters) into one single visual element.