Dedicated to the performing artists of the 20th and 21st centuries and the spells they cast, The New 42nd Street Studios opened its doors at 229 West 42nd Street on June 21, 2000. Designed by Platt Byard Dovell Architects, the performing arts complex is designed to mirror the energy on the street below and reveal the creative process at work. Featuring a mix use of rehearsal studios, administrative offices and a black box theater, the New 42nd Street Studios is a catalyst for new artistic works and a fixture of New York City’s cultural landscape.
Throughout the ten-story, 84,000 square foot building, five floors contain 14 studios designed to take all aspects of performers’ needs into consideration. In addition to column-free studios with sprung floors, tall ceiling heights, ballet barres, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, theatrical lighting, excellent acoustics and cityscape views, the dressing rooms are modeled after the most accommodating gyms and spas in the city. For the floors without studios, visitors will find The Duke on 42nd Street and the administrative offices of The New 42nd Street and several other non-profit organizations.
An indication of the activity within, the New 42nd Street Studios were designed to be full of light and movement. Instead of treating signs and lighting as applications to the building, architects Charles Platt and Ray Dovell, in collaboration with lighting designer Anne Militello, made these elements integral to the overall design. From within, movement and light are visible through the largely transparent building, and on the façade, blades of perforated steel reflect saturated color from hidden LED light sources to create a surface of colorful movement that is enticing, beautiful and magical.
The New 42nd Street Studios has been recognized and honored for excellence in design by the local, state and national chapters of the American Institute of Architects, and was recognized in New York Magazine’s 40th Anniversary issue as a leading work of architecture that best defines New York City. Shimmering at all times day and night, the New 42nd Street stands as a symbol of the block’s constant evolution as a vibrant and unique cultural destination at the Crossroads of the World.
The following were awarded to the architecture firm of Platt Byard Dovell White for the New 42nd Street Studios.
- 2003 I.D.E.A.S. Award for Steel Construction
- 2002 Institute Honor Award for Architecture from The American Institute of Architects
- 2002 National Association of Architects/ AIA Honor Award
- 2001 New York State Association of Architects/ AIA Design Award
- 2001 New York Chapter Association of Architects/ AIA Design Award