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BKSK Architects, LLP

BKSK Architects, LLP

New York, NY

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Sephardic Community Center

The new 100,000 sf Sephardic Community Center on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, NY is a transformative expansion of its 30-year old original facility, symbolic of the central role it now plays in the surrounding neighborhood as an inter-generational facility. BKSK’s design expands upon the first Center’s stated mission to “preserve and nurture the rich history and culture of the Sephardic Community,” and offers coherence to their ever-widening program of educational, athletic and social services, and above all it extends a legible, clear invitation to all for participation in community events.

The new facility houses a sports and fitness complex, early childhood center, specialized teen, adult and senior lounges, administrative offices and meeting spaces. The new facades infuse light into interior spaces and gracefully weaves an institutionally-scaled structure (gymnasium, preschool and community room) into the residential urban fabric. An emphasis on spatial legibility extends a sense of welcoming order to the multi-story Heritage Hall entry lobby, from which the full range of activities becomes evident. The community’s shared lineage has become a true centerpiece of the lobby, with hundreds of ancestral images sandwiched between layers of glass.

 
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Status: Built
Additional Credits: E.W. Howell – general contractor; Weidlinger Associates – structural; Lilker Associates Consulting Engineers – MEP; Michael Wein – civil; H.M. White Site Architects – landscape; Horton Lees Brogden – lighting design; Israel Berger & Associates – exterior envelope consultant; Shen, Milsom & Wilke – acoustics; Poulin & Morris – graphics and way-finding design

 
photo by Jeffrey Totaro
photo by Jeffrey Totaro
photo by Jon Wallen
photo by Jon Wallen
photo by Jeffrey Totaro
photo by Jeffrey Totaro
photo by Jeffrey Totaro
photo by Jeffrey Totaro