Williamsburg Community Center

New York
Foto © Paul Warchol
Foto © Paul Warchol
Foto © Paul Warchol
Foto © Paul Warchol
Foto © Paul Warchol
Foto © Paul Warchol
Foto © Paul Warchol
Foto © Paul Warchol
Foto © Paul Warchol
Arquitectos
PKSB Architects, PC
Año
2002
Coste
No divulgado
Pisos
1 - 5 pisos

The Housing Authority sought fresh talent with a design competition for a new community center in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. PKSB won the commission with a design that addresses the neighborhood’s serious security concerns, in reality and in metaphor, with a disarmingly open structure in the midst of a neighborhood park.

The antithesis of a “brick box” community center typology, the building is composed of a series of intimate pavilions, scaled to the young users, extending out from the larger, central space. The scaling enables the building to integrate with the life of the park and the neighborhood. As a security precaution, the building’s siting and configuration allow it be partially or completely closed at any time, while transparent and semitransparent walls allow a visual connection between inside and out giving a sense of control to the inhabitants. Its dematerialization softens the boundary between the building’s interior and exterior, making it a lively and inviting, providing a real connection to the neighborhood. Inside the building, large, operable garage-like doors and moveable partitions create flexible program spaces.

Designed to serve neighborhood children, youth, and adults for everyday use and special events, the Williamsburg Community Center has a varied program. The center houses a gymnasium, dance studio, classrooms, art studios and darkroom, a computer room, a movie projection screen, stage, recording studio and other multi-purpose spaces for neighborhood use. In addition to the recreational areas, the Center also houses a commercial kitchen offering lunches to seniors year round and school children during summer months and enabling the Center to be rented out for weddings or other catered events.

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