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Myrtle Hall / think!

  • 01:00 - 4 March, 2011
Myrtle Hall / think!
Myrtle Hall / think!, © Alexander Severin
© Alexander Severin
  • Architects

  • Location

    536 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205, United States
  • Partner In Charge

    Jack Esterson, AIA
  • Area

    120000.0 sqm
  • Photographs

From the architect. Design Highlights

• Two predominant exterior wall systems; one glass curtain wall with aluminum sunscreens on the south side that allows for views into and through the building from both sides and the other a panelized brick masonry wall with aluminum and windows on the north side that allows it to relate to the surrounding mercantile brick structures along Myrtle Avenue

© Alexander Severin
© Alexander Severin

• Four-story atrium connects the two wall systems and allows for views into and through the building from both sides

• One of the building’s most prominent features, the atrium serves as a symbolic gesture of transparency connecting Myrtle through the building to the campus and illustrates Pratt’s collaborative spirit, as well as its openness to the community.

• Art galleries on the second and fourth floors of the atrium will showcase student, alumni, and faculty work and promise to be among the most highly-visited spaces in the building

• North façade on Myrtle Avenue features a continuous metal clad sign band and a projecting canopy on the first floor

Eco Friendly Features


• Myrtle Hall is supported by structural steel and concrete that is high in recycled content

• Building has a combination green roof with native plantings and white roof to control storm water run-off, absorb carbon dioxide, and reduce the “heat island” effect

• Rooftop photovoltaic panels installed to provide green electricity for the building by displacing a portion of grid electricity and reducing greenhouse gases

• North-facing wall of the building designed for thermal performance and reflected daylight with high insulation values

• Exterior sunshades control the amount of daylight that filters into the building, with interior glazed partitions for enhanced daylit views

• Lighting controls include daylight harvesting and occupancy sensors to maximize energy efficiency

• Myrtle Hall contains high-efficiency heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems to help in maintaining good indoor air quality and thermal comfort

• Building employs low-flow plumbing fixtures to reduce water consumption and the demand on New York City’s water system

• Myrtle Hall was constructed using regional, recycled, and low volatile organic compound emitting materials

• Recycled materials that were non-polluting, non-outgassing, and low-odor were employed on interior finishes

Landscaping Features

© Alexander Severin
© Alexander Severin

• New eco-landscaped park adjacent to building offers an attractive, quiet, public space

• Park features light-colored pavement that reflects sunlight and reduces “heat island” effect

• Native and drought-resistant plants that require only rainwater are used in the landscaping

© Alexander Severin
© Alexander Severin
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