Projecting an inviting and accessible exterior, this community center primarily serves the residents of Williamsburg Houses in Brooklyn, NY. Approached from a landscaped plaza, the center’s modeled forms provide a counterpoint to the staccato rhythm of the surrounding housing blocks.
To enable easy administration, all building uses are accessible from a central, easily monitored clerestoried circulation artery, which can also be used for exhibits. To maximize use, the gymnasium is both divisible and easily combined with a multi-purpose space. Club and game rooms can be used individually or combined for use by larger groups.
In order to reduce energy costs, natural lighting is introduced through clerestory windows, which are equipped with light shelves to maximize light penetration into the building.