DWANA SMALLWOOD PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

USA, New York, Brooklyn

- 2016
Dance studios and performance space for an underserved community.
Reception Area and Library
Street View
Entrance
Reception
Reception Desk
Dance Studio
Studio
Locker Room
Office
Conceptual Drawing
Reception Area and Library
Street View
Entrance
Reception
Reception Desk
Dance Studio
Studio
Locker Room
Office
Conceptual Drawing

Design Team

Jordan Parnass

Mithila Poojari

Lucie Tomastikova

John Baker

Philip M. Weller

Dimiti Kim

Carlos Gastelum

Chris Nelson

Consultants

EP Engineering (MEP)

A Degree of Freedom (Structural)

Contractors

Supreme General Contracting

Photography

Amy Barkow Photography

The Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center aims to use the arts, primarily dance, as a means to empower youth within New York’s inner city communities. They endeavor to mold elite dancers and artists who will be able to develop, grow and compete on the world’s stage. 
 
The center is a springboard for creating community identity and encouraging creative activity within an underserved population.
 
Located on the upper floors of an industrial building in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, the center anchors itself to the street through a vibrant sculpted concrete entry portal and illuminated marquee. Cast ripple and spiral panels hint at the energy and dynamic spirit of the public programs.
 
The library reception area creates an oasis of calm for reading and stretching, as well as social space for connecting with friends and neighbors.  Three dimensional milled panels extend the rippling circular motif into the program spaces.
 
The center combines flexible dance studios, performance spaces and administrative functions and serves as a significant cultural resource for the community.
 
Awards:
2017 AIA New York Honors Award
2017 Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Building Brooklyn Award
2017 Architizer A+ Finalist