We've already given the New School's proposed SOM-designed new academic building at 65 Fifth Avenue the reaper treatment, and the building was said to be going through a redesign, but now we can finally retire that blue-and-red rendering (while running it one more time, of course). The Village Residents Alliance, longtime opponents of the size of the new building, has a report on a recent meeting with embattled New School president Bob Kerrey:
Very good news is that their originally proposed 350â€² tall building is off the table. According to Kerrey, given current economic conditions, it was “way too big, too expensive” and they are now designing an “as-of-right” building which will be “considerably smaller.” This could mean a tall, thin tower on the smaller eastern lot, next to Amalgamated Bank, with a lower building on the larger western lot. They will not ask for variances which would have produced a far larger, bulkier building without setbacks. This new plan would allow greater light into the Fifth Avenue/14th Street area than the former design and was the preference of community members who have been weighing in on the issue.Community Board 2 was bummed out by the New School's desire to go all-glass among all that turn-of-the-century architecture, but the school's COO told the crowd that masonry would be a cheaper otion, perhaps signaling that the 65 Fifth Avenue redesign will be fairly drastic.
· New School Says Building will be “Considerably Smaller” [VRA]
· New School coverage [Curbed]