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Polo Grounds Community Center

Harlem, NY

The new community and recreational center serves residents living in adjacent 15 and 30-story high-rise towers, from which one can view the sculptural quality of the unique, colorful metal roof.

As a result of an extensive community outreach process with the NYC Housing Authority and a collaborative public effort involving a series of surveys and public forums, we shaped the center’s assortment of spaces. For members of all ages, the facility features a large gymnasium, classroom spaces, vocational facilities with art and computer labs, and a large multi-purpose room with a stage for theatrical performances, banquets and lectures.

The vaulted space that encloses the basketball court and auditorium served as the inspiration for the center’s roof shape, a dynamic form when seen from above.