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New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
New York, NY

The new home for the NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service occupies 2 floors, approximating 46,000 square feet, in the Puck Building, a commanding landmark in Soho and one of the city’s true architectural gems. The building’s open floors presented SubenDougherty with a uniquely challenging interior and spectacular open loft space filled with exquisite architectural vestiges of its 1860-1880 origins, yet they offered a minimum of existing usable infrastructure and two masonry bearing walls, that run perpendicular to the length of the building, divide each floor into three distinct zones.

The ultimate architectural challenge was to delicately weave the school’s complex program into this extraordinary space and not compromise the Puck’s signature openness.

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