Well not Revson Plaza, really. What do you call that spot on the EC/SIPA/Law School plaza that’s right behind the Law School and looks down into the Wien courtyard? As of sometime in 2011, you’ll call it the fancy new Law School extension, and if you have Law Library privileges, you’ll call it “the reading room that looks like Star Trek mission control.”
The expansion plans are the doing of Ennead Architects, a firm previously known as the Polshek Partnership. They are responsible under that name for well-known projects such as The Standard Hotel (the one over the High Line) and a number of expansions and redesigns of already iconic buildings like Carnegie Hall. Neither Ennead nor the Law Library could be reached for comment, but full plans for the expansion currently appear on Ennead’s website.
The plans calls for an addition that blends into the modern facade of the existing building, emphasizing vertical and minimizes horizontal lines. The addition departs, however, from its host structure in medium – the panels in between the vertical fins you see below are made of glass, and so are those fins themselves. Click through the plan drawings to get a better sense of the new space (be warned, you’ll be prompted to get the latest Adobe Flash if you don’t have it). Here’s another view:
Seats at the long tables probably give an excellent view of sky and surroundings, from a flying boardroom sort of perspective. How cool it would be to drive the law school spaceship – from your newly designed, state-of-the art, full-visibility cockpit – straight into Wien and then into the heavens!
Screenshots from ennead.com