City of Tempe Westside Multi-generational Center
Location: Tempe Arizona
Size: 28,000 sf
The City of Tempe has transformed and rejuvenated an existing Boys & Girls Club and gymnasium–part of this community for more than 20 years–into a dynamic new community center. The gymnasium was preserved and now functions as an internalized court: the center of activity. The remaining Boys & Girls Club facility, in disrepair, was demolished and the new programmatic uses were built in its place. The new uses embrace the existing gymnasium mass, softening its impact on its surroundings. Inside, a narrow perimeter skylight creates a "halo" of light where old meets new. The entrance, formerly hidden from view on the east of the building, was moved to the north side of the new center. The new entry serves as a "front porch" created by large, expressive overhangs of wood laminated beams and takes advantage of several 60' eucalyptus trees that were painstakingly preserved during construction. In addition, this entry court helps to diminish the visual impact of the gymnasium, serving as a transition to the more human scale of the surrounding residential neighborhood.