Field Trip Friday: Diana Center at Barnard

OHNY program coordinator, Hae-In, recently dropped by the Diana Center, the newest building on Barnard’s campus in Morningside Heights. Designed by Weiss/Manfredi and opened in February, the Diana Center serves as the student activity center and is also utilized by the art, architecture and performance departments.

Diana Center on campus

The building stands out as one approaches campus along Broadway. The Diana Center boasts classrooms, a studio, library, administrative and gallery space for the architecture and art history departments, as well as space for student services and activities, café, green roof and event space. 1,154 clear and colored integral glass panels make up the facade, blending with the brick and terra cotta buildings of the surrounding campus and also creating a light-filled, energy-efficient exterior.

Glass exterior

The building responds to the quality of daylight, and the orange ranges from a dark rust color to lighter copper tones. The vertical stripes of color on glass allow for some privacy and shade but also allows one to look out onto the street and lawn.

Cafe and lounge area

The architects studied how undergraduates lounge, work and socialize and incorporated their findings into the interior’s design, creating a variety of spaces and utilizing movable furniture.

Lobby

The openness of the building encourages social activity and interaction.

Side view

Certified as LEED Silver, the building takes its namesake from the Roman goddess, Diana, and also donor Diana Touliatou Vagelos ‘55.  Vagelos and her husband Roy donated $15 million, the largest gift in Barnard’s history, for the project. Please see their website to take a self guided walking tour.

The Diana Center at Barnard College
3009 Broadway, New York, NY
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