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Mon 10.01.2012

Archtober Building of the Day: Spruce Street School, PS 397

When: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM MONDAY, ARCHTOBER 1

Where:Meet at the entrance of the school, located on the William Street Plaza (Between Spruce Street and Beekman Street)

Evoking the waves of the 76-story tower soaring above a masonry podium, the interiors for this new public school sculpt complementing wavelike forms, both in plan and volume. By taking advantage of the podium’s voluminous space, the designers have created a light-filled, spacious entry and cafeteria, opening the school to the city. The planning concept creates a “Main Street” on each floor, grouping special program spaces along the rectilinear east side wall, while the undulating west face forms small seating niches – making it more than just a corridor. Main Street connects to the surrounding cityscape outside with large windows and welcoming reading alcoves at both ends.

The tour of Spruce Street School, PS 397 will be led by Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP BD+C and Milenka Zaninovic, LEED AP of Swanke Hayden Connell Architects.

Cost: free

A program of Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City, October 2012. 


Photo credit: Jeffrey Kilmer

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