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Teetering East Village Performance Space Getting Glassy New Look

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The old public school at First Avenue and 9th Street that's now the PS 122 community/theater/arts space is getting a $16 million renovation from architecture firm Deborah Berke & Partners on behalf of our friends at the Department of Design and Construction, the Architect's Newspaper reports. This will come as a surprise to anyone who's been by the slightly unstable building lately, which finally just cast off most of its scaffolding and shrouds after eons (new look seen after the jump). Berke's addition to the building?a glass and steel structure that will have a new entrance, elevator, fire stair and mechanicals?is meant to bring PS 122 up to code, and will rise on that sliver of a yard/dumping ground on the north side of the building. For those not digging the modern vibe, the promise of a PS 122 not looking like a beat-up old squat should provide some consolation, though in the East Village, we're never sure.

Here's a shot of the building taken yesterday by a Curbed tipster. Note the absence of a cornice, which the Archpaper notes was removed long ago. The new-look PS 122 will have a new cornice of perforated steel and metal, as well as a roof deck. Construction is scheduled to wrap up in 2013.

· Keep It Cool [Archpaper]