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Maintaining the integrity of the original stone and concrete building, the exterior renovation includes new windows with “bird-friendly” glazing and a new main entrance facing the campus quadrangle. © James Ewing
Maintaining the integrity of the original stone and concrete building, the exterior renovation includes new windows with “bird-friendly” glazing and a new main entrance facing the campus quadrangle. © James Ewing
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Tate Library

The comprehensive renovation of Tate Library at Ethical Culture Fieldston School (ECFS) transformed the signature 1970 building into a learning commons that is the hub for the entire campus. In support of ECFS’s mission of ethical learning, academic excellence, and progressive education, the building’s new open, spacious interior provides greater access to books, information and technology to enable multiple modes of teaching and learning. Maintaining the integrity of the original stone and concrete building, the exterior renovation includes new windows with “bird-friendly” glazing and a new main entrance facing the campus quadrangle.     

An open interior layout, technology infrastructure, environmental systems, and LED lighting enhances the user experience and meets evolving future needs. Custom glass fiber reinforced gypsum (GFRG) ceilings integrate lighting, while maximizing the continuity of the space. Careful zoning of activities and acoustical treatment, as well as new enclosed collaboration rooms, offices and support spaces around the perimeter of the building, fosters individual and collaborative work. Low bookcases and furniture are strategically deployed in the new Tate Library to strengthen visual connections, improve daylight, and maximize views of the surrounding wooded campus.

 
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Status: Built
Location: Bronx, NY, US
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Owner’s Representation: Lehrer Cumming
Owner’s Representation (Design Phase): Jonathan Rose Companies

Structural Engineer: Silman

MEP/FP/IT/Security Engineer: Buro Happold

Lighting Designer: Lighting Workshop

Acoustic & A/V Consultant: Threshold Acoustics

Building Enclosure Engineer: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Sustainability Consultant: Atelier Ten

Cost Estimator: Stuart-Lynn Company

Code Consultant: Jensen Hughes

Expediting Consultant: RPO

General Contractor: Consigli

 
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© James Ewing
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© James Ewing
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© James Ewing
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© James Ewing
ARO Block, a product in the ARO Collection for Filzfelt, is used as decorative wall treatment, which also enhances the acoustics of the space. © James Ewing
ARO Block, a product in the ARO Collection for Filzfelt, is used as decorative wall treatment, which also enhances the acoustics of the space.

© James Ewing
Detail of custom glass fiber reinforced gypsum (GFRG) ceilings. © James Ewing
Detail of custom glass fiber reinforced gypsum (GFRG) ceilings.

© James Ewing
© James Ewing
© James Ewing