We proposed that the ‘Tree of Life,’ an image which is shared by all major faiths, be the inspiration for the façade. The image of the tree, with all of its positive connotations (growth, expansive, spreading out of a common root, natural, providing shelter, food, beauty, etc.) together with the strong western architectural tradition of using ornamental motives based on natural forms, particular leaves, were two additional elements that provided even more impulse to the idea of the ‘tree of life.’
The inclusive and inviting building serves the entire campus community with classrooms, meeting rooms, offices, and music practice facilities. The unique Global Conference Center is designed to bring together students and faculty from NYU’s campuses around the world and incorporates state of the art multimedia systems to provide the infrastructure for this dialog.
The project is located in a highly visible location on the south side of Washington Square Park in New York City. When approaching from the north, the site is directly on axis with 5th Avenue and is framed by the view through the Washington Memorial Arch. The project represents New York University’s design excellence initiative and will achieve a LEED Gold rating.