The New York School of Interior Design recently announced that its new graduate center at 401 Park Avenue South in the Flatiron District has earned a Platinum LEED for Commercial Interiors rating from USGBC. Designed by Gensler, the new 40,000-square-foot space at East 28th Street spans two contiguous floors and is NYSID’s first expansion off the Upper East Side in its 100-year history.
The design of each floor is similar—both are modern, light-filled spaces that have open layouts with seminar rooms, lecture halls, exhibition space, computer design labs and other workspaces that flow into one another to foster a collaborative and creative academic environment. Floor-to-ceiling windows maximize natural daylighting and complement daylight-harvesting technology. Other green design features include recycled-content building materials, low-flow plumbing fixtures, LED lighting, low-VOC paints, as well as an energy efficient, water-cooled HVAC system and sub-metering of electrical usage to help monitor and modulate energy consumption.
“The School’s new graduate center signifies the evolution of our institution from a single-major school to a design college whose mission is committed to rethinking, in its vast totality, the design of the interior environment,” said NYSID President Christopher Cyphers. “The graduate center is home to a diverse slate of graduate programs that, together, provide a comprehensive design education and will influence the future of design practice.”