In 1851, the New York Juvenile Asylum was founded by philanthropists to house homeless children in New York City. In 1906, it moved to suburban Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.; it became The Children’s Village in 1927. Today, Children’s Village, supported by New York State, is a residential school for troubled children who have been removed from their CAPACITY300COST PER SQ FT$342.00FEATURED IN2010 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized (mostly urban) environments.
The Lanza Activities Center project is a transformation and expansion of a dilapidated 1950s building that housed a gymnasium and defunct swimming pool. Its design is based on ideas of community, cooperation and transparency. The building now houses a gym, competition pool, fitness center, student commons, cafe and multipurpose rooms. An outdoor terrace overlooks a new basketball court. A barber shop and commercial kitchen are teaching spaces for career training.
The center is the hub for student life on campus. It is a place of energy and daylight where multiple activities can be observed simultaneously from many locations. It is a venue for recreation and social interaction, giving students the opportunity to be athletes and members of their community.