Credit: Ari Burling

Mark Morris Dance Center

BBB’s design for a 5-story dance facility in Brooklyn creates a dedicated space for a renowned dance troupe.

The Mark Morris Dance Group is widely recognized as one of the most creative forces in the world of dance. As the first single-choreographed company to ever build its own facility, the organization commissioned BBB to design a new center for dance on a site across the street from the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) that previously housed an automobile showroom. The design features three column-free studios for the company on the upper floors, including a 60’ x 60’ column-free studio with a vaulted roof on the top floor that can be converted to a theater for preview performances of new work. The ground floor has three additional studios, locker rooms, and lounges for the school, which offers dances classes for children and adults. The facility also houses administrative offices, company and guest dressing rooms, a physical therapy suite, an archive room, wardrobe storage, a lounge, two terraces, and support facilities. Continuing its 15-year relationship, BBB is currently working on Phase Five at Mark Morris, planning for three more dance studios.

 

Client

Mark Morris Dance Group

Location

Brooklyn, NY

Size

36,000 SF

Completed

Ongoing

People

FAIA, AICP
Managing Partner
Partner-in-Charge
AIA, LEED AP
Associate Partner