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$25M Alvin Ailey Expansion Includes Wavy Facade, Recycled-Tire Floors

By Maya Rajamani | September 27, 2016 4:39pm
 A rendering of the dance company's expanded headquarters at 405 W. 55th St.
A rendering of the dance company's expanded headquarters at 405 W. 55th St.
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

HELL'S KITCHEN  — The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s new headquarters will be getting a wavy facade as part of a $25 million expansion project, a new design rendering shows.

An image released after the modern-dance company’s “ceremonial roof-breaking” ceremony last week shows what its headquarters at 405 W. 55th St., at the corner of Ninth Avenue, will look like when its new Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation Education Wing opens in the fall 2017.

The new wing “will help accommodate Ailey’s ever-increasing number of students and the more than 200,000 visitors to the building annually,” the company said in a release

It will house four new dance studios, two “flexible” classrooms and administrative offices.

The company's new warm-up spaces and lounges will feature rubber flooring made from recycled tires, and all of the building’s “additional and renovated spaces” will include “state-of-the-art” LED-lighting systems.

“As we grow to magnify the positive impact of Ailey’s performances, training programs and educational activities on people around the world, the future looks bright,” the company’s executive director Bennett Rink said in a statement.

The City Council is providing $1.8 million in capital funding for the expansion project, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito noted in her own statement.