DREAM Charter School, East Harlem Center for Living and Learning

East Harlem, New York

  • FIRM

    Perkins Eastman


    Harlem RBI

  • AREA

    58,000 sq.ft.





East Harlem Center for Living and Learning encompasses a public charter school for grades K to 8; 89 environmentally responsible, affordable housing units (Yomo Toro Apartments); a community center for use after school hours; program and office space for the year-round youth development program Harlem RBI; and a renovated and revitalized park at the school’s doorstep. It ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$416.00CITATIONSpecial CitationFEATURED IN2016 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYCommunity Centers/Joint-Use Areas also an extraordinary example of public and private agencies and organizations—all told, more than 80—and the design community working together to create a place of promise and potential for future generations. The project reinforces the maxim that access to education is the “great equalizer.”
Within the school, space is dedicated for community use during all hours of the day. The gymnasium and cafeteria, which are situated off the lobby, may be used by the community in the evening and on weekends.