Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, this new six-story structure for the New York University School of Law provides office and workspace for more than a dozen academic programs while respecting the character and cultural legacy of the historic neighborhood. Recalling the original 1830s brownstones that once occupied the site, Wilf Hall’s brick facade is divided into rowhouse-sized bays by three narrow “slot” windows. The building’s southern bay incorporates the renown Provincetown Playhouse, which has been respectfully restored and upgraded to ensure its legacy continues. The theater’s original brick detailing continues into the new structure to help mitigate the building’s scale and further anchor it to the neighborhood. Although the penthouse—set back to maintain the existing cornice line— is covered by a green roof, the building’s biggest sustainable feature is its facade, which is composed of bricks made using recycled materials. As the first education building in New York to earn LEED Platinum certification, Wilf Hall exemplifies NYU’s committed to “green growth” and their promotion of sustainable development.
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