Pratt Institute
Student Union
Brooklyn, NY
11,000 SF
2018

The Student Union was at one time the thriving heart of Pratt's renowned Brooklyn campus.  The proud 1887 masonry structure had not been upgraded for 20 years, and its spaces were no longer relevant for an arts institution. In the spirit of revitalizing this once loved student center, MAD was retained in order to redefine and reinvigorate the building.

The project provides three interconnected levels of open spaces that encourage students to use this building as a key circulation corridor due to its central campus location. By offering meeting rooms, lounges and other related programs, unexpected interactions and informal meetings can improve student life and enhance the academic experience.

A large stepped platform acts as a natural piazza and creates more intimate spaces around its perimeter, offering relaxing areas for those who seek a more discreet experience.  The building's systems were completely renewed and its entry was relocated to be featured at a more historically appropriate location, enhanced by a custom canopy and vestibule.