Leers Weinzapfel Associates in association with Chisholm Washington Architects, 1995
Harleston Parker Medal, 1996
An abandoned ice hockey rink was transformed by a series of thoughtful additions and insertions to become a lively recreation center.
Two-thirds of the rink’s original open frame structure was retained, and then enclosed with new walls and oversized windows. Game rooms, a teen lounge, library, art room, and a teaching kitchen occupy a miniature interior village of primary colored volumes under the old bowstring trusses. The new gymnasium, clad in ground-face concrete block, sits on the remainder of the old foundation. A band of clerestory windows allows the flat roof to float above the solid box below, and brings light down into the play space.
The main public entrance is marked by a colorful steel canopy that wraps a slender steel column - and then reaches out to the adjacent parking. Its finely scaled details and compelling composition knit the boxy volumes and site together.