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Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center by TEK Architects in Queens, New York

 
February 8th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal

Located on the campus of Queensborough Community College in Queens, New York, the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archive consists of the renovation of a 6,000 square foot former print shop and loading dock in the campus Administration building, and a 2,000 square foot addition on the south edge of the site. The project provides a much needed home for the Center which was previously housed in the basement of the college library, and includes classrooms, work stations, offices, gallery spaces, and a library.

Front Entrance View

Front Entrance View

  • Architect: TEK Architects, PC
  • Project Team: Charles Thanhauser – principal in charge; Andrew Ojamaa – project director; Carolina Meller, Kotting Luo, Hsing Yuan Chen
  • Client: DASNY / CUNY/ QCC
  • QCC HRC Director: Dr. Arthur Flug
  • Contractor: Summit Construction
  • MEP Engineers: DLB Consulting, MEP, William Dunne
  • Structural: Dunne and Markis, PE, Harriet Markis
  • Landscape: Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architects
  • Glass Consultant: RA Heintges Architects, Daniel Vos
  • Exhibits : KPC Experience, Michael Roeper
  • Photographer: Brian Rose Photography

Nighttime Entrance View

Nighttime Entrance View

The main interior space of the addition is a 1,500 square foot gallery that can be reconfigured to accommodate receptions of up to 100 people. A custom steel storefront system containing a variety of glazing types encloses this space and creates contrasting levels of opacity within the different elevations. In addition, the mullions themselves take on contrasting geometries with the regular orthogonal grid of the majority of the volume providing the background for the angled and irregular pattern found on the eastern side. This glazed volume slides out from under a zinc paneled roof which wraps around the back of the gallery to bracket the two entrances to the building and provide a backdrop to the centerpiece of the project, a 1,500 square foot exterior terrace.

Side Entrance View

Side Entrance View

Clad in Jerusalem Stone, the terrace takes advantage of the existing hilly topography of the site to provide a dramatic vantage point from which to view the main entrance to the campus. The skewed lines and irregular divisions of the steel storefront are a graphic reference to the shattered windows of the Kristallnacht, an anti-Semitic pogrom that occurred in Germany and Austria in November of 1938 in which hundreds of synagogues were destroyed, thousands of homes and businesses were ransacked, and 30,000 Jews were interned in concentration camps. This symbolism relates directly to the primary goal of the center, which is to provide programs and resources to educate present and future generations about the ramifications of prejudice, racism and anti-Semitism, and to encourage an awareness of the value of diversity in a pluralistic society.

Fragmented Glass Façade, Interior View

Fragmented Glass Façade, Interior View

Funding for the project was provided by the City University of New York, the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, and a substantial contribution by the Kupferberg family.

Façade Intersects with Jerusalem Sandstone

Façade Intersects with Jerusalem Sandstone

East Entrance, Twilight View

East Entrance, Twilight View

Jerusalem Sandstone

Jerusalem Sandstone

East Entrance Canopy

East Entrance Canopy

Reception Desk

Reception Desk

Interior Exhibit

Interior Exhibit

Alternate Exhibit

Alternate Exhibit

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