the world's most visited architecture website

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects


Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.


Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »


All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.


Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Recreation & Training
  4. United States
  5. Kanner Architects
  6. Lafayette Park Recreation Center / Kanner Architects

Refurbishment in Architecture

presented by the MINI Clubman

Lafayette Park Recreation Center / Kanner Architects

  • 00:00 - 12 May, 2011
Lafayette Park Recreation Center / Kanner Architects
Lafayette Park Recreation Center / Kanner Architects, © Nicolas O.S. Marques
© Nicolas O.S. Marques

© Nicolas O.S. Marques Lafayette Park Recreation Center / Kanner Architects © Nicolas O.S. Marques © Nicolas O.S. Marques + 6

Text description provided by the architects. The Lafayette Park Recreation Center is the first completed LEED-certified building for The City of Los Angeles. The project is a 15,000 sqf addition to, and remodel of an existing 1963 community center, resulting in an L-shaped plan. The design challenge was to deliver an inexpensive public building that would be low- to no- maintenance, functional and attractive.

© Nicolas O.S. Marques
© Nicolas O.S. Marques

The solution was to employ inexpensive materials in creative ways to produce a building that is a welcoming destination for the community it serves, which include over 750 school age children at any given time. Concrete masonry units were supplemented to complement the brick of the existing building, concrete structural foundations, and glass and corrugated metal panels, delivering a durable and easy-to-clean recreational center with a strong visual impact.

In the new building a ramped entry provides access to the gymnasium (with an NCAA regulation basketball court) from the surrounding park. The project also includes a large lobby/meeting room, classrooms, an administrative office, community rooms, a kitchen and dining room.

On the northern side of the gymnasium, a glass curtain wall extends from the floor to nearly 30 feet above the ground. This introduces natural light into the space and is a visual extension of the park beyond. Around the perimeter of the gym concrete blocks wall are inset with glass blocks. The lighting effect in is dramatic – during the day, bright filtered sunlight streams in. In addition the concrete block walls also serves as structural sheer wall elements to reinforce the building.

© Nicolas O.S. Marques
© Nicolas O.S. Marques

The exterior facades of the gym are clad with corrugated metal siding horizontally banded grey and natural silver, which visually diminishes the height of the building and gives it a pedestrian scale.

© Nicolas O.S. Marques
© Nicolas O.S. Marques

View the complete gallery

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
About this office
Kanner Architects
Cite: "Lafayette Park Recreation Center / Kanner Architects" 12 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
Read comments
Read comments

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.