Graduate Fine Arts Building
feasibility and pre-design, Hunter College
The MFA Program of the Hunter College Department of Art occupies a building on 41st Street, east of 10th Avenue. The 175,000 square foot building, built in 1961, was originally used as a warehouse and later retrofitted to house a technical college. The huge concrete columns and massive floor slabs are underutilized for its current use and the mismatched program results in an inefficient use of space.
The neighborhood was rezoned as a part of the Hudson Yards development plan and the concept for this planning study offers development rights to investors in exchange for their help to fund renovations for the graduate art program. The site is located on the northern edge of the Chelsea arts district.