122 Community Arts Center — an interdisciplinary hub for making and sharing art

New York, NY
52,000 square feet total
Type: Civic / Arts / Adaptive Reuse
Theme: Transforming Old Buildings / Making & Learning

This project, for New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, transforms a five-story historic former public school to better house four arts groups and one community-service organization. Our design proposed a new five-story addition to create additional public space and provide access to all parts of the building.

The addition includes two new theatres within the building shell, a design studio, rehearsal rooms, shop space, painting studios, two gallery spaces, a lobby and pre-function gathering area, offices for the community center, and an outreach station for the community service group.

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All these borders are breaking down in a deep way… Now, the questions that are being asked are about how the audience is engaged, how we can try to find connections with them, how we can find intimacy, and in doing so communicate better?

Vallejo Gantner, Artistic Director (former), Performance Space New York

Key People

Maitland Jones

Ameet Hiremath
Project Lead

Brendan M. Lee
Project Manager



Buro Happold
Structural, MEP/FP, Lighting and Environmental Engineers

Harvey Marshall Berling Associates
Theater and Acoustical Consultant

Langan Engineering & Environmental Services
Civil and Geotechnical Engineers

Front, Inc.
Facade Consultant

C.B.J. Snyder
Original Architect (1894)


2011 Annual Awards for Excellence in Design
The NYC Public Design Commission

Award of Honor
SARA National Design Awards 2019