Academics. Community. Connection.

NYU uses space extremely efficiently. We have always had to, because being situated in a dense urban environment, we have far less square footage per student than many of our peers. The 181 Mercer project is in line with that tradition, combining many purposes in one building.

Classrooms and Performing Arts Education Spaces

Section from Houston to Bleeker looking west

Section from Houston to Bleecker looking west

With 58 classrooms, 181 Mercer will exceed the Silver Center’s classroom total by 50 percent. Over the long range, these new spaces will enable the University to create more laboratories in the Silver Center as part of its plans to improve the sciences.

And with new instructional spaces for NYU’s renowned performing arts programs — including a 350-seat theatre, studios, rehearsal rooms, music instruction and practice rooms — academic uses make up the largest portion of the building at nearly 40 percent.


Mens Sana in Corpore Sano

"A healthy mind and a healthy body." Not just a home for NYU’s NCAA Division III student athletes, the new athletic facility will also fill the fitness needs of faculty, staff, and other students with a larger lane-pool, an indoor running track, four basketball courts, and other facilities. It will serve as the hub of a network of NYU sports facilities, including the Palladium facility, 404 Lafayette, and the sports facilities at Tandon in Brooklyn.

Plan perspective of sub-cellar level with athletic facilities

Resident Faculty. Resident Students.

Section from Houston to Bleecker near Mercer looking west

Section from Houston to Bleecker near Mercer looking west

Having faculty and students live near campus helps extend the intellectual life of the NYU community beyond the classroom door and beyond the school day. For students, NYU will create a “freshmen residential college” at 181 Mercer. The 30-plus faculty apartments will be located in the tower at the Houston St. end of
the building. 


Connection in the Commons

Creativity and tech. Arts and business. Law and public policy. New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai. One of NYU’s distinctive attributes is how it breaks down silos to bring things together. So, too, does 181 Mercer, which brings together academics with residential settings, and athletics with the arts. At the heart of this connectivity will be the Commons — a gracious and lively open space on the second floor — and the flow of students and faculty along the glazed perimeter, which together make for the kind of casual encounters and interactions that indelibly build a sense of community.

Rendering of the Commons