2010JT-Bd07-01

ALEXANDER-LEE, Gabrielle

STUDENT GABRIELLE PRETERKIN
Pratt Institute
Department of Interior Design
Brooklyn New York

THEME
A Community Center for the neighborhoods along Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY

PRECEDENTS
Dijabou Cultural Center Marshall Islands, South Pacific Islands
Asia Society, NY

CONCEPT
Connectivity of Cultural “Identity” as it might relate to ceremonial and organization constructs

NARRATIVE
The Fulton Street Community Center brings cultural awareness, ceremonial celebration and community service to local residents in a cultural setting indicative of the traditions and aesthetic understandings heretofore undefined
By creating spatial and formal representation of an African sensibility, visitors are presented with a rich and identifiable environment to experience.
The main central space is inspired by the shape of the Djembe drum. The drum is a main “communicator” of traditional tribal groups and it representation here is intended to signify and demarcate the place where one meets, greets and comes together before departing onto personal interest provided throughout the complex.

MATERIALITY
Traditional materials and detailing inspire the use stucco over block construction with a strong color, texture and pattern treatment of interior vertical surfaces.

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