A shared recreational space that strives to respond to the critical social needs via the collective strength of the commnunity. The YMCA and Larkin’s Place (a recreational venue for children and young adults with special needs) share an aquatic center, reducing the high operational costs of maintaining a fully capable pool and sports facilities. The buidings design is shaped by Five essential ideas. The buildings’ skin is shaped and “pulled” in order to allow for natural illumination of the interior, its orientation is based on maximum sun exposure in winter and minimal in summer conditions. The roofs staggered appearance is due its capacity to recollect rainwater (as well as the landscapes design, which feeds water to reflective ponds and the main lake for storage and management) and for maximum solar incidence exposure for PV cell electricity production. The roof heights and building massing is defined by the interior activities, and is sequenced linearly for visual recognition and effcient wayfinding for kids and survailling parents.
Status: School Project
Location: Urbana, IL, US