By COLlive reporter
Bais Rivkah, the flagship Chabad girls’ school, has released plans for a new 12 story building, an extension of the original building on 470 Lefferts Avenue in Crown Heights.
New York architecture firm ODA has released visuals of the building, featuring schools, sports facilities and offices stacked on top of each other, Dezeen.com reported.
The project, which is estimated at the cost of approximately $50 Million, is being coordinated by the school’s new Board of Directors, COLlive was told.
The building features a 12-story cube with voids cut into it and spherical play spaces for pre-school children.
“Our design is guided by the principle that the cube is the most compact shape,” said ODA, adding that each stacked element of the project has its own distinct form.
“The stacked campus leverages the benefits of a dense footprint, while addressing the shortfalls of vertical build,” it said. “To ensure usability, every element stands on its own merits and could function independently in a traditional horizontal composition.”
The 213,000-square-feet (19,788-square-metre) project incorporates a high school and a pre-school plus fitness and community areas. A rooftop garden that doubles as a playground completes the structure, other, Dezeen.com wrote.
A glazed high school sits above the street-level podium. Above this is the community sports centre, which is clad in steel mesh. A glazed pre-school sits above this. Various outdoor spaces have been cut into the volume while two of the spherical play rooms are visible from the street.
The high school features a central atrium with an oval-shaped stairway leading to classrooms, a dining hall, administrative rooms, library, labs, video room and an art room.
A separate street entrance gives access to elevators leading to the upper pre-school levels, which feature classrooms, a cafeteria, a music room, a therapy room and private offices.
Here, the four “spheres of play” are designed for learning in an informal setting while natural light floods a triple-height atrium on the with pops of pink and a glazed roof. Stairwells and walkways offer views into the open-plan spaces.
Community facilities are located between the high school and pre-school elements. Amenities here include an indoor swimming pool, a solarium, gym, dance studio and locker rooms. An auditorium and two floors of private offices for rent complete this section.