This fall semester at NYU saw the opening of Steven Holl's contribution to the campus, an interior renovation of the Department of Philosophy, located on the corner of Mercer Street and Washington Place.
Visible from a distance (especially at night) is the design's main feature, the walls of the staircase. Vertical orientation and emphasis seem to be the latest thing for Holl, or at least for urban, academic work (see Simmons Hall).
This "swiss cheese" wall extends from the top floor to the bottom, becoming the eye-catching feature of the lobby, a social container for the philosophy students.
See professional photos, sketches, and more in-depth coverage of the design at architecture.mnp.