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The Diana Center, New York

Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism

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Devan, Hanley Wood

Project Name

The Diana Center, New York

Project Status



98,000 sq. feet

Construction Cost



Lisa Gamsu, Barnard College


  • Electrical Engineer: Jaros, Baum & Bolles
  • : Jaros, Baum & Bolles
  • Plumbing Engineer: Jaros, Baum & Bolles
  • Jaros, Baum & Bolles
  • Structural Engineer: Severud Associates
  • Civil Engineer: Langan Engineering and Environmental Services
  • Construction Manager: Bovis Lend Lease
  • General Contractor: Bovis Lend Lease
  • Landscape Architect: HM White SA
  • Lighting Designer: Brandston Partnership
  • R.A. Heintges Architects Consultants
  • Cerami & Associates with TM Technology Partners
  • Ricca Newmark Design
  • Jeanne Giordano
  • AMIS
  • Viridian Energy & Environmental
  • Fisher Dachs Associates
  • Jaff eHolden Acoustics




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Project Description

The Diana Center, designed by New York–based Weiss/Manfredi for Barnard College, looks simple: a five-story glass prism served straight-up. A closer reading, however, reveals a narrative of complexity. The façade is paneled in glass, but not in a display of transparency for transparency’s sake: some panels have a graduated frit; others are shadow boxes, with space between a translucent glass outer layer and a second opaque inner layer. The functions inside the building establish whether the panels will be opaque, transparent, or something in between. A swath of transparent glass rises diagonally up the Broadway façade, revealing a stepped, four-story atrium full of activity. The architects have created a gesammtkunstwerk, a design addressing urbanism, architecture, landscape, and social life. And that design addresses both the big picture and the small: the hazy quality of the shadow box façade panels is echoed in translucent resin tabletops.

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