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Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archive in NY by TEK Architects
January 10th, 2014 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: TEK Architects
The project includes the renovation of a former print shop and loading dock that is part of the Administration Building and an addition to the building to house the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archive on the campus of the Queensborough Community College in Queens County, NY.
The mission of the Center is to provide programs and resources to educate the 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.
The program for the Center which previously was housed in the basement of the College Library includes meeting spaces, exhibition spaces, library and work space, offices and a painting and photography gallery. The total area of the project is approximately 8,000 square feet consisting 6,000 square feet of renovation of existing space and 2,000 square of new construction.
A realignment of campus roadways created the site for the placement of the new addition in a prominent location clearly visible from the main entrance to the campus. A 1400 square foot terrace takes advantage of the height of the site to provide an outdoor space for events and activities.
The steel framed addition designed to provide space for both exhibitions and seating for up to 100 people is clad with metal panels, zinc and aluminum, laminated insulating glass clear and fritted and Jerusalem stone. The skewed lines and irregular divisions of the fritted glass are a reference to the shattered window of Kristallnacht, the night in 1938 when Jewish owned shop and synagogues were smashed and burned in Germany and Austria.
Funding for the project was provided by the City University of New York, the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York and substantial contributions from the Kupferberg family.
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