Gensler Specifies K-13 to be Applied in the International Center of Photography

The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the worlds leading institution dedicated to socially and politically minded photography and visual culture. The center, which was founded in 1974 by Cornell Capa, recently realized its long-term goal of unifying both its museum and school under one roof. Designed by Gensler, the Center’s new home in Essex Crossing features numerous galleries, a research library, cafe, bookshop, special event space, and the school, which includes digital media labs, classrooms, darkrooms, a photo equipment room, and a shooting studio.

To ensure maximum functionality in the common areas acoustical consideration played an integral role in the project. To address the need for acoustics, without compromising the modern design, K-13 in light gray was applied to the exposed ceilings above the suspended metal mesh grid. The application of K-13 controls echoes, reverberation, and excessive noise while making the space feel wider and brighter. In addition to acoustic performance, K-13 is GREENGUARD Gold Certified and supports healthy indoor environments. For architectural resources please visit our documentation page and email us at

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