Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
The 14th Street Y in New York, NY by Z-A Studio
August 11th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
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.
By using off-the-shelf materials in unconventional ways, the designers created unique spaces within a limited budget. Fields of fluorescent light fixtures of different sizes redraw the ceiling while bands of colored tiles reconfigure the floor plane. The new entrance lobby has a gradient blue custom pattern cement tile floor, a field of circular fluorescent lights, and bright yellow 100% recycled plastic lounge furniture. The new design reflects the Y as an anchor for the cultural diversity that defines its East Village community.
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