1/10
New windows add a new dimensional layer to the building which has accumulated features over decades.
2/10
Section model showing enlarged street level performance space & bar, new flex/rehearsal space & office floors, and a second performance space & bar.
3/10
Programming section study with entry, enlarged Stage 1 performance space & bar, new flex/rehearsal space & offices, and a Stage 2 performance space & bar.
4/10
Enlarged street level performance space, bar & balcony. Existing masonry walls will remain exposed helping the new space retain its raw, substantial character.
5/10
Enlarged Stage 1 performance space from above.
6/10
New top floor Stage 2 performance space & bar. Exposed masonry extends the original raw character of the Stage 1 space and is amplified by daylight, admitted through new skylights above.
7/10
Section model showing enlarged street level performance space & bar, new flex/rehearsal space & office floors, and a second performance space & bar.
8/10
Study for new rear lot garden with ivy wall.
9/10
Existing gypsum board covered floors/ceilings will be replaced with exposed cross-laminated timber floors & beams. New window openings will activate the facade and allow views out to the street.
10/10
Preliminary facade concept new windows adding dimensional layer to the building which has accumulated features over decades.

NUYORICAN POETS CAFE

Nuyorican Poets Cafe / NYCDDC, New York, NY

As a performance space for new and unknown artists, and for those often under-represented in mainstream culture, the Nuyorican Poets Café has become an acclaimed forum for innovative poetry, music, hip hop, video, visual arts, comedy and theater. R+L, through NYC's Design Excellence Program, is reconceptualizing the organization's East Village existing facilities with a rooftop expansion. The project includes developing a new street identity, two theaters, rehearsal & educational spaces and integrated bar/cafe zones.