Flatiron Institute / Perkins Eastman

Flatiron Institute

New York, New York
Perkins Eastman completed the master plan and design for the adaptive reuse of this 11-story loft building in the Flatiron District. The 108,000-sf space is home to a newly inaugurated computational science research institute which provides research and collaboration spaces for scientists in four units, including astrophysics, biology, mathematics, and quantum physics. The institute is the first multi-disciplinary program of its kind focused solely on computation, providing a permanent space for up to 250 scientists and computer programmers, and flexible space for visiting scholars and fellows during their frequent collaborations. These experts will work across disciplines to generate and deploy new cutting-edge computational methods focused on analyzing large data sets.

The design provides private research spaces organized around a range of collaborative hubs, encouraging casual and frequent interaction between scientists. A new feature stair and strategic floor openings create physical connections, and facilitate collaboration across floors. These spaces will be complemented by collaborative seminar spaces and communal spaces where scientists will interact with those in other units and invited guests from the broader scientific community through daily social gatherings and robust event programming. Amenities include a 100-seat auditorium, classrooms, libraries, board room, roof garden, coffee bars, and a staff dining room. This institute is the most recent chapter in Perkins Eastman’s two-decade relationship with this client.
NYCxDesign Awards, Urban Landscape/Outdoor, Finalist (2020)