International House, a private non-profit residence and program center for graduate students, research scholars, trainees, and interns located in Manhattan's Morningside Heights, announced today that Robert A.M. Stern Architects is designing its first major new construction since its existing facilities were built in 1924. Partners Robert A.M. Stern, Graham S. Wyatt, Kevin M. Smith, and Jennifer L. Stone are leading the design effort.
The new addition will replace the single-story, windowless parking garage at the center of the campus with a new residence hall and student activities building on Claremont Avenue. This smaller, contextual eight-story building will provide connectivity between the existing thirteen-story South Building at 155 Claremont Avenue / 500 Riverside Drive and the twelve-story North Building at 520-524 Riverside Drive. In addition to improving functionality, new landscaping will enhance the streetscape.
Clad in variegated buff brick with cast-stone trim characteristic of the predominantly residential neighborhood, the building's windows will continue the rhythm of the adjacent South Building. It will provide resident gathering space on the first floor and resident rooms on the second through eighth floors. A student commons called The Hub will provide a social focus to the campus, clarifying patterns of circulation and opening to an interior courtyard. The project will add 124 resident rooms to the existing 681 for a total of 805. Designed according to environmental best practices, the building will contain elements that contribute to energy efficiency and sustainability in connection with the landscape plan and green roof features. These changes will better serve students and staff, incorporate needed technology, optimize accessibility, and add more flexible spaces that allow for the organic social interaction central to the I-House experience. For more information, click here.