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Exterior of a renovated historical building, showcasing a well-preserved stone facade, symmetrically aligned arched windows, and a modern glass rooftop addition that contrasts with the traditional architecture below. A sculptural art piece adorns the manicured front lawn.
Exterior of a renovated historical building, showcasing a well-preserved stone facade, symmetrically aligned arched windows, and a modern glass rooftop addition that contrasts with the traditional architecture below. A sculptural art piece adorns the manicured front lawn.

Fordham University Gabelli School of Business

We redesigned Fordham University's Hughes Hall to cleverly preserve its 19th-century charm while updating it for today’s educational needs.

Size 40,000 sf

Location Bronx, NY

Services Architecture, Brand Experience, Interior Design, Landscape, Lighting, Master Planning, Strategy

Sectors Education

Collections Fordham University

Exterior view of Hesburgh Library entrance featuring a stone facade with arched white-trimmed windows, a prominent green awning, and symmetrical stairway leading to glass doors.

The project involved converting a five-story dormitory into a cutting-edge facility focused on global business practices. Key interventions included the preservation of the original granite walls, replacement of the oxidized copper mansard roof with green-hued glass to enhance natural lighting, and the introduction of large, transparent entrances within the building. The interior design incorporates transparent materials that highlight honesty in business, with features like smart film glass walls in the lobby’s trading room that switch from transparent to opaque. This transformation not only respects the historical architecture but also aligns with contemporary business trends, making Hughes Hall a focal point for progressive education and a bridge between the university’s storied past and its dynamic future.

Maintained the integrity of the 19th-century granite walls while introducing modern structural solutions.

Replaced traditional roof with a green-hued glass structure, allowing in more natural light.

Glass and transparent materials used throughout to symbolize honesty in business practices.

Open-concept staircase with floating wooden steps flanked by glass balustrades, enhancing spatial connectivity. The structure features brushed steel handrails and a warm, rich walnut finish, contributing to a modern, airy ambiance within a professional or residential setting.
Modern office lounge with warm wooden slat ceiling and wall accents, contrasting with a textured stone wall. Contemporary furnishings include modular seating and stylish chairs, with pendant lighting illuminating the space, complemented by an integrated flat-screen display.
Fordham University Gabelli School of Business
Twilight highlights the stone facade and pronounced arches of a renovated historical building, featuring a modern glass roof addition that blends old architectural charm with contemporary design.