Bark House


Project: Parson’s The New School For Design

Product: Poplar Bark Panels for Interior Wall Panel

Architect: Lyn Rice, AIA Founding Principal of Rice+Lipka Architects

Location: 5th Ave, New York

“Lyn Rice Architects unites a New York City campus with a new urban quad at Parsons’s Sheila C. Johnson Design Center” headlined in Architectural Record magazine.  The team was taxed to connect unrelated buildings that did not align, one to the other. “The idea of reconnecting to the city drove the project,” said Rice.

“At Parsons School of Design, we created a new multi-building campus center in a dense urban area of New York City.  The Bark House worked closely with us to find the precise material characteristics we were seeking for the project – a warm, large scale material, natural with strong texture and durability.  Bark was new to us as an interior institutional finish and there were some initial concerns about the durability of bark as an interior finish, but we came to understand that bark has a lifetime of outdoor exposure and has been battered by the elements.  We used large, monolithic bark panels to bring a warm, unexpected element to the space, and to acknowledge the existing, but hidden, wood structure of the building onto which it is installed.  The Bark House helped us understand the sustainable harvesting process, provided multiple samples and mock-ups and were kind, responsive and professional.  Now, after years of public exposure at Parsons, the bark looks as good as the day it was installed.  In combination with a large glazed roof, this bit of transplanted Bark House nature enlivens the shared space and reconnects this interior campus hub to the outdoors.”

AWARDS: National AIA Honor Award; AIA New York Merit Award; National SCUP Excellence Award; The International Architecture Award; Center for Architecture/NY Exhibition Designer Selection; SARA/NY Design Award of Excellence; Architectural Record/Record Interiors Selection; Design Excellence Selection, NYC DDC; AIA NY/Boston Society of Architects Biennial Honor Award; New York Designs Juried Lecture Selection, The Architectural League of New York;  National SARA Professional Design Award of Excellence.


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