Union Settlement, Washington Community Center

Union Settlement, Washington Community Center

Architect
Andrew Franz Architect PLLC
Location
East Harlem, Manhattan, New York, NY, USA | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Community Centres
Albert Vecerka/Esto
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Glass store front and interior glass partitionsMuraflex
Acoustical ceiling tileArmstrong Ceiling Solutions
ChairsBLU DOT
Desks, tables, chairsKnoll
Antenna system, MultiGeneration
Desk chairsVitra.
Physix
LockersLegacy Crafted Cabinets

Product Spec Sheet
Glass store front and interior glass partitions
Chairs
Desks, tables, chairs
Antenna system, MultiGeneration by Knoll
Desk chairs
Physix by Vitra.

A transformation of Union Settlement's Washington Houses Community Center

Andrew Franz Architect PLLC as Architects

Built over 60 years ago, the Washington Community Center is the main location for  Union Settlement’s Youth Services programming.  The renovation transforms a worn and outdated 11,000 SF facility into a bright, colorful, and welcoming space for the community with new classrooms, offices, and public spaces as well as updated  building systems and windows.

photo_credit Albert Vecerka/Esto
Albert Vecerka/Esto
photo_credit Albert Vecerka/Esto
Albert Vecerka/Esto

Rejecting the notion that a limited budget means limited design, the project focused on creating a few select high-impact interventions throughout the building.  The previously hard to find entry was relocated, enlarged and glass enclosed to welcome passersby to see into communal areas and the new expanded reception area, encouraging more access and participation. Naturally illuminated interiors, a central skylight and transparent circulation routes  create a bright and healthy environment and allow for views between key programs. A fully upgraded Seniors’ center offers an enhanced connection to the outdoors. 

photo_credit Albert Vecerka/Esto
Albert Vecerka/Esto
photo_credit Albert Vecerka/Esto
Albert Vecerka/Esto

Durable and economical materials like plywood and cork  were introduced throughout — using them in unexpected ways as well as colorful strategic
wayfinding to reinforce the community center’s  vibrant culture.

photo_credit Albert Vecerka/Esto
Albert Vecerka/Esto
photo_credit Albert Vecerka/Esto
Albert Vecerka/Esto

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