Ever noticed the aura of mystique surrounding Altschul Hall? Well, we did. Bwog sent Barnard Bearoness Maddie Stearn on a recon mission to find what lies behind Altschul’s harsh exterior. Her findings may surprise you.
In case you didn’t know, Altschul is absolutely divine. It’s like 13 Rooms of Requirement stacked on top of each other, masquerading as a tower of brutalist architecture. Clearly I’m not referring to the Altschul Auditorium in SIPA (who would refer to that?), but to Altschul Hall on Barnard’s campus. Over the course of my mission I found my heart softening toward this misunderstood building. Maybe yours will too.
The Atrium: a space for whatever
I am extremely fond of the atrium, but I usually only remember to go there when I have no place to eat my pizza in the Diana. Once I end up in the atrium, though, I am extremely content. Those floor-to-ceiling windows do wonders for my Seasonal Affective Disorder (ugh, winter). If the sun hits you just right as you’re reclining in one of the green chairs then you can close your eyes and kind of pretend that spring is coming.
The atrium is also like a freaking chameleon because I have yet to find a purpose it cannot serve. For example, it can be a…
- …wicked dance space. Tango Club knows what’s up.
- …concert hall. There’s a piano for your musical needs.
- …romantic date setting. Short on cash? Unable to brave the cold? Go to the atrium and enjoy some sexy easy-mac while gazing into your date’s eyes.
- …circus venue. Really, who is stopping you?