Barnard College is one of the prestigious 'Seven Sisters' women's arts colleges of North Eastern America (which include Wellesley and Radcliffe among others). The Diana Center's design, conceived by Weiss/Manfredi, reflects the college's liberal curriculum with transparency, flow, and its overall design encouraging the Barnard community to interact, to exchange ideas, and to engage in rigorous and creative thinking.
The Diana Center encompasses the college's architecture and painting studios, a 500-seat performance space, black box theatre, cafe, dining room, reading room, classrooms, and exhibition galleries. It will also be open to the public and has been designed to encourage this interaction. Located on Broadway, the Diana Center unites landscape and architecture, interior and exterior in a seven-storey structure. Carving a diagonal void through the building, ascending double-height glass atria establish views through program spaces and visually connect Lehman Lawn to the upper floors of the building and the green roof.The slipped atria and unfolded glazed staircase bring in natural light and eliminate visual boundaries between the College and the city while providing spaces for informal interaction to encourage collaboration and dialogue across disciplines.
The facade, composed of 1,154 clear and coloured integral glass panels, translates the brick and terra cotta of the surrounding neighbourhood into a luminous, energy-efficient exterior.