Located in the heart of the East Village, Community Center 122 is home to the Mabou Mines Theater Company, Performance Space 122, Painting Space 122 and the AIDS Service Center New York City.
The inspiration for the design is the surrounding East Village community. The varied dips and hills throughout the space encourage visitors to stay and "squat" referencing the long history of squat culture in the East Village.
The feature design upon entering is the green wall, which serves multiple purposes: cleaning the air, referencing the neighborhood community gardens (East Village has the largest concentration of community gardens in the country) and also creating a divider between the public area and the privacy needed by the AIDS Service Center NYC.
VIEW FROM ARTISTS' STUDIOS
Site location is in the East Village which has the largest concentration of community gardens in the country. The concept was to incorporate the community gardens through creating lounge areas where people can "squat"
Manifestation of Concept
Above are the manifestations of the concept, places where people can lounge and gather.
Four tenants occupy the space: Performance Space 122, Mabou Mines Theater Group, Painting Space 122 and the AIDS Service Center NYC. Each group required specific needs and varying levels of privacy.
Located on the Mezzanine is Mabou Mines Theater and Painting Space 122's Artist Studios. The studios overlook their gallery space below. The theater was inspired by skate park design and can also be seen dipping through the ceiling on the first floor.
A large green wall meets you upon entry, while also separating the public area from AIDS Service Center NYC private counseling rooms.
Located near the lobby of the SYLAR hotel is a reconceptualized casino buffet. Instead of organizing food by nationality, each food area showcases food by method of production. Based on research the food is produced using the newest technologies: an herbal hydroponic garden (salad bar), 3-D printed food, molecular mixology bar and a "guiltless" gas desert bar. The food court is designed so patrons could meander through the space, picking bites of the new-age food options.
Conceived as a re-conceptualized casino buffet, “P-Dish” is a new food and beverage program located near the lobby of the Sylar hotel.
Makoto Azuma's artistic photograph served as the inspiration for the restaurant's floor plan.
Sculptural porcelain pillars offer a variety of progressive food options, which include 3-D printed food, bioluminescent treats, hydroponic herbal gardens and liquid test tube drinks. The design influences the experience whereby visitors are encouraged to meander and forage through the restaurant, gathering food while considering where food comes from and how it is made.
View from the flavored gas bar.
THE SALT CAVE
The Salt Cave was designed to be located in the SYLAR hotel, a re-conceptualized hotel typology for the Revel Casino in Atlantic City. The hotel was conceived as a research resort where scientists and doctors could convene and discover new technologies, which would be implemented in the hotel program. The current climate and decline of the Atlantic City Casino model was the inspiration for a new hotel typology that would reactivate this once thriving resort destination.
The Salt Cave
Located underneath the Sylar hotel is the Salt Cave, truly a unique spa experience.
The floor plan was inspired by artist Noala O’Donovan’s porcelain sculpture, whereby the design focuses on the four pools. Surrounding the pools are a variety of avant-garde treatment rooms including snail facials, snake massages and nightingale skin renewal.
The four pools include a bioluminescent salt water pool where ocean water is pumped from the pre-existing salt water pipes, a seaweed detoxification pool, a “doctor fish” pool for dead skin removal and a snail pool to soften and heal skin.
bioluminescent salt water pool
PARSONS POETRY READING ROOM
Inspired by the ramped seating of the Highline theater, the poetry reading room is designed to accommodate an audience for a poetry reading as well a recording studio for poets to record their work. Each table is designed with audio capabilities to bring the written word to life.
The space is designed to hold public poetry readings, where the artist can come and read his/her work.
The inspiration for the space is the Highline Theater. The "aisles" between the bench seating ramp toward the back of the library where intimate private study occurs.
Similar to the floor plan, the ceiling height descends towards the private study area.
Throughout the library, ramps decrease the height of the room, emphasizing a transition from very public, where group study occurs, to the most intimate, where private study occurs.