Archinect - News 2015-11-26T09:27:16-05:00 LEESER transforms historic Strand Theatre into Brooklyn's newest cultural hub Justine Testado 2013-10-03T20:18:00-04:00 >2013-10-07T21:43:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The BRIC House and UrbanGlass complex by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEESER Architecture</a> opened its doors to the public on the morning of Oct. 2 in Downtown Brooklyn. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz were present to perform the ribboncutting at Brooklyn's newest creative space.<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Back in 2008, Brooklyn-based LEESER won the chance to transform the historic Strand Theatre into what is now a 60,000 sq.foot venue for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BRIC Arts | Media</a>, a 35-year-old non-profit organization widely known for its interdisciplinary arts and media programs. The reconstruction project cost $35 million.</p> <p> An emphasis on community outreach and participation is evident throughout LEESER's redesign of the 1919 building. The central public-gathering and presentation area (known as The Stoop), the white-walled interiors, and the facility's spaciousness create an overall open environment that will be suitable for the venue's various events and functions.<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> The House is also full of resources for B...</p>