Dedicated to the performing artists of the 20th and 21st centuries and the spells they cast, New 42 Studios opened its doors 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, New 42 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 artists’ needs into consideration. In addition to column-free studios with sprung floors, tall ceiling heights, ballet barres, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, 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 numerous artist support spaces, including a green room, new parent room and administrative services, and the offices of the nonprofit cultural organization New 42.
An indication of the activity within, New 42 Studios is designed to be full of light and movement. Architects Charles Platt and Ray Dovell, in collaboration with lighting designer Anne Militello, made lighting and signage 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 colorful movement that is enticing, beautiful and magical.
New 42 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 by New York Magazine as a leading work of architecture that best defines New York City. Shimmering at all times day and night, New 42 Studios stands as a symbol of the block’s constant evolution as a vibrant and unique cultural destination at the Crossroads of the World.