The Children's Village, Lanza Activities Center

Dobbs Ferry, New York

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 ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY300COST 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.