The New Generation Youth and Community Centre / RCKa

The New Generation Youth and Community Centre / RCKa

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  • Architects: RCKa
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2013
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  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Altro Supergrif, Armourcoat, B&K Structures, DR International Climbing Walls, Eskape, Jakob USA, Novum Structures, Parthos, Polyflor, Rockwell Group, Smart Systems, Taskmaster
The New Generation Youth and Community Centre / RCKa - Windows
© Jakob Spriestersbach

Text description provided by the architects. Working closely with Lewisham Council, its partners and young people, RCKa developed proposals to satisfy a funding brief for a "world-class" building; from the use of innovative sustainable construction and high-quality design to extensive participation of young people, whose involvement continued through the detailed design, construction, management and governance of the building and services.

The New Generation Youth and Community Centre / RCKa - Facade, Glass
© Ioana Marinescu

Central to this vision was the creation of a democratic and flexible building that responds to the changing demands of its occupants. A dramatic central space resolves complex site levels and forms a vibrant heart, providing an event landscape that engages and welcomes visitors, and is alive with activity and opportunity.

The New Generation Youth and Community Centre / RCKa - Windows, Facade
© Ioana Marinescu

Exposed structural timber forms and elegant coffered ceiling and wall finish, selected for its natural warmth and ability to resist post-tender D&B value-engineering. Clean lines and dramatic open spaces aid security through natural surveillance, and result in a bright and vibrant inclusive internal atmosphere.

The New Generation Youth and Community Centre / RCKa - Image 9 of 18
© Jakob Spriestersbach

External cladding is unified by a gently undulating profile that casts vertical shadows across curtain-like elevations. Reflective foil-faced insulation beneath polycarbonate creates a sunlight-responsive shimmering skin, beneath which is hung delicately faceted porcelain-like ultra-high performance concrete panels: an attractive, tactile and robust base to the building.

The New Generation Youth and Community Centre / RCKa - Image 11 of 18
© Jakob Spriestersbach

RCKa identified the potential of the site for a significant facility being aware of Lewisham's emerging youth policy and were instrumental in securing project funding.

The New Generation Youth and Community Centre / RCKa - Windows, Facade
© Ioana Marinescu

The practice's aim was to create a positive place in which young people find inspiration, where they feel safe and secure, and in which they want to spend time.

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Address:Wells Park Road, London, United Kingdom

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Cite: "The New Generation Youth and Community Centre / RCKa" 15 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/437112/the-new-generation-youth-and-community-centre-rcka> ISSN 0719-8884

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