The Beth Rivka School for girls will soon begin construction on a new 12-story building, designed by ODA Architecture. In a recent reveal, the New York-based architecture firm unveiled renderings of the forthcoming development that will incorporate a series of cantilevered floors, a playful mixed-material façade, and an unusual pair of spherical structures on the top levels of the building.
Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the project was commissioned by the international Beth Rivka school system as an expansion of their existing all-girls school to better serve Brooklyn’s flourishing community of Chasidic Jews, and was first revealed by Dezeen.
The 213,000-square-foot building will now incorporate a pre-school, expanded office space, fitness areas, community facilities, a cafeteria, and a landscaped rooftop playground. The two-story “spheres of play” at the apex of the structure will contain column-free, open layout spaces imagined as informal learning spaces for future students.
The development resembles a towering atrium, with classrooms and office spaces branching off at each level. At both edges of the structure, the architects have also incorporated large cantilevers to support several outdoor spaces beginning at the building’s sixth floor. Above it all, an elegant glass ceiling appears to bisect the rooftop park and bathes the interiors in a plethora of natural light.
A completion date has yet to be confirmed, but the structure would rise adjacent to Beth Rivka’s existing elementary school, with the new building standing at 489 East New York Avenue, in Crown Heights.