Catholic Center at NYU
The Archdiocese of New York engaged Acheson Doyle Partners in 2007 to preside over the redevelopment of their property near Washington Square Park as part of its sale to New York University (NYU). The existing 3-story Chapel and Catholic Center was demolished and replaced by a 6-story NYU building, designed by Machado Silvetti Architects. ADP provided the zoning analysis and overall land use planning. The Archdiocese retains ownership of the ground floor for a campus-based Catholic Center with spaces for worship, meetings, lounge and office use; NYU occupies the upper floors with classrooms and a multi-faith center. ADP organized the Catholic Center with the Chapel overlooking Washington Square Park to take advantage of views and to engage the public. A grand day lit corridor serves as both narthex to the Chapel and connecting spine to other program elements. The clean, modern interiors are enhanced by the selective use of richly finished venetian plaster, walnut wood panel and marble and porcelain tiles.