Adjaye Associates has unveiled plans for a striated stone-clad cultural center at New York’s Colgate University. Inspired by the site’s surroundings, from the existing landscape to the “articulated volumes historic Hamilton Village Hall,” the Colgate Art and Culture Center aims become a “high-quality, sustainable, and environmentally responsive building that creates a fantastic environment for art.”
Infilling a site at the heart of the village will be three staggered volumes linking together to form the center. Occupying only half the lot, a significant amount of interstitial space is expected to be dedicated to open green areas.
Facing Utica Street will be a 15-foot community space, equipped with flexible public rooms, offices, and a reception area, as well as the Longyear Museum of Anthropology. Towards Madison Street, the 30-foot Picker Art Gallery will offer exhibition galleries, seminar rooms, project and archive space.
Clerestory windows will provide ample natural light, filtered through the facade’s vertical, pre-cast aggregate stone panels that mimic the color of the adjacent brick buildings.