Multi-use Community Center serves a multitude of families in West Harlem

MDSzerbaty+Associates Architecture’s (MDSA) 23,000-square-foot community center for the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) in West Harlem recently opened. Distinguished by its curved roofline and graphic green, blue, and yellow color scheme, the center serves residents of three low- and middle-income housing complexes, and offers much-needed recreational, social, and educational programs to the neighborhood. The basketball court, multi-purpose area, and performance stage occupy one side of the vaulted space; under the building’s lower roofline are classrooms for computer use, an arts and crafts studio with a kiln, a video room with a sound booth, and a commercial kitchen that serves 200. A row of skylights illuminates the main corridor, and windows near the roofline bring natural light into the classrooms and gym.

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