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Women’s Building in New York

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The New York-based Devi Group, led by architects Suchi Reddy of Reddymade Architecture & Designs and Damyanti Radheshwar of D Radheshwar Architect have been shortlisted for The Women’s Building International Design Competition launched by the NoVo Foundation and Goren Group. Founded in 2006 by Jennifer and Peter Buffett, NoVo is one of the largest private foundations in the world supporting initiatives focused explicitly on girls and women. Inspired by this vision, Reddy and Radheshwar conceived the building as a celebratory beacon in the skyline that rises to announce its foremost mission of collaboration. Symbolising the right of women to occupy their space in the world, the concept for the new building embraces the existing in ribbons of ultra-high performance concrete and heat sensitive glass that flow together and emphasizes notions of collaboration, transformation and power. The new building envelops the existing with its skin creating an enclosed auditorium and event space on the upper floors. The heart of the project is the collaborative not-for-profit atrium style space expanding through three floors of the existing building. This monumental space is illuminated by a three- story installation of specular surfaces that will bring light from the roof into the depths of the building and will be built and installed by girls and women from diverse backgrounds.

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