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The 14th Street Y in New York, NY by Z-A Studio

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Article source: Z-A Studio

The design celebrates the biggest asset of the Y as a community facility; its diverse, multi generational user base. The identity of each programmatic space was enhanced, expressing multiplicity rather than institutional uniformity. The entry lobby, fitness center, locker rooms, studios, offices showers and pool are organized as a series of parallel bands. As members move through the different bands, they experience the immediacy of the simultaneous happenings that animate the building. The distinct character of the bands enables the modularity of the scheme, where one program space can be replaced by another (like slots in a computer) without compromising the integrity of the design.

Exterior view

  • Architects: Z-A Studio
  • Project: The 14th Street Y
  • Location: New York, NY

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