Gallery: Gorgeous Myrtle Hall Shows Off Pratt Institute’s Commitment to...

The new hall was designed to house a multitude of growing programs and departments, especially the digital arts.
The new hall was designed to house a multitude of growing programs and departments, especially the digital arts.

WASA/Studio A was commissioned to design the 120,000 sq foot academic building, which houses digital arts departments, as well as student services, gallery space, administration offices and retail on the ground floor. The building features two very different facades – the north is composed of panelized masonry and gives a nod to the surrounding mercantile brick structures along Myrtle Avenue, while the south facade is a louvered glass curtain-wall providing daylighting and transparency to the campus. A large glass atrium in the center of the building, connects the wings and provides gallery and meeting space for the students.

Pratt Institute was awarded a $75,000 Green Planning Grant from the former Kresge Foundation’s Green Building Initiative to design the building and made good use of that funding. The building features solar passive design, a green roof, building integrated solar panels, and tons of natural daylighting. Currently, Myrtle Hall is awaiting its LEED Gold Certification. Pratt Institute’s President, Thomas Schutte, commented that the building “demonstrates the Institute’s commitment to innovative design, environmental sustainability, the renewal of Myrtle Avenue, and most of all to its students.”

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+ Wasa/Studio A

Via greenbuildingsNYC

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  1. Heaven June 1, 2011 at 10:46 am

    It’s spooky how cevler some ppl are. Thanks!

  2. Kassi June 1, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Thanks for srahing. What a pleasure to read!

  3. lazyreader January 14, 2011 at 7:50 am

    As school space fine. However older buildings can be refitted with new use in mind. Office buildings converted into an apartment and vice-verse. No will live in this building (who’s facade resembles a bar code) after years as office space.

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