American Academy in Rome
Location: New York, New York
Completion date: 2012 Projected
Size: 500 SF
Fittingly, the American Academy in Rome Foundation occupies the Annex wing of the Metropolitan Club’s neo-classical building at the southeast corner of Central Park. The financial department, located off the entry lobby, hasn’t been touched since the 1980s, and it shows—the floor is crumbling, the lighting is poor, and the makeshift archival storage from other departments crowds the space. All that and the need to add an additional workstation means a renovation is in order. The general strategy is to create a modern office department that retains the dignity of its classical container. A central spine wall, with continuous storage and two desk units on each side, plays off the symmetry of the almost-square space. The archives are collated and placed along the back wall, clearing the other walls, exposing the original molding, and opening up the space. Uplighting along the existing and central walls, new recessed fixtures in the soffit along the north wall and new oversized pendants will brighten the space. Handmade cork floor from Italy replaces the existing floor, and custom plywood and solid laminate cabinetry create handsome, unified storage solutions.