SUNY Purchase College Humanities Building
Reconstructing this 40-year-old modern icon brings new life to an outdated academic space.
Reconstruction required demolition of all interior partitioning, reconstruction of the deteriorated exterior shell, and replacement of all building systems. The interior is reconfigured to provide 25 instructional spaces, a 200-seat theater, a 110-seat lecture hall, an acting studio, a TV studio, classrooms, computer laboratories, and faculty and department offices. A new loop circulation system eliminates redundant stairs and dead ends. A new skylit stair and several double-height spaces link all three floors, and informal lounge spaces are located at key intersections. Iconic elements, including the “scoop” ceiling at the front entrance, are retained. The distinctive pattern of plain and glazed brick at the front façade is the inspiration for design of the new paneling at the theater.