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Dance, School Rising on the Upper West Side

Tropolism swings his keen-eyed perspective on a cultural/educational midrise tower, going up on West 90th between Amsterdam and Columbus. Rogers Marvel Architects, the people behind the psychedelic beacon downtown, have designed a $20 million space for the K-8 Stephen Graynor School and Ballet Hispanico.

The school will occupy the first nine stories, and at the top, the ballet will have three full-floor dance studios "bracketed by uptown and downtown vistas of Manhattan." One emphasis seems to be on getting natural light deep into the core of the building. There's also a raised playground across the street that offers a convenient place to gawk at the structure:

The most striking feature is the cast concrete canopy, covering a two-story play space on the 4th floor. ... One imagines (in warmer months) the entire street to be filled with the sound of kids. The canopy, along with the rest of the building's skin, creates a sense of openness about the building.Another photo along with an RMA rendering after the jump.

· Stephen Gaynor School and The Ballet Hispanico [Tropolism]
· The Stephen Gaynor School and Ballet Hispanico [RogersMarvelArchitects]