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  5. ikon.5 architects
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  7. TREC Newark Housing Authority / ikon.5 architects

TREC Newark Housing Authority / ikon.5 architects

  • 11:00 - 5 May, 2017
TREC Newark Housing Authority / ikon.5 architects
TREC Newark Housing Authority / ikon.5 architects, © Jeffrey Totaro
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  • Technical Principal

    Charles J. Maira, AIA, LEED AP
  • Managing Principal

    Arvind Tikku, AIA
  • Project Architect

    J. Daniel Cummings, AIA
  • Project Coordinator

    Michael J. Herbst, AIA
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© Jeffrey Totaro
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Text description provided by the architects. Motivated to provide vital education, recreation and training services to the underserved citizenry of Newark, New Jersey, the Newark Housing Authority aspired to design a facility that would be a social collector; a place where neighbors could gather, exercise, and receive training to improve their chances for gainful employment in a rapidly transforming digital-based economy. TREC (training, recreation, education center) is a community center set between an industrial and residential zone that houses vital services for a community that has few too institutions in its neighborhood.

© Jeffrey Totaro
© Jeffrey Totaro
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© Jeffrey Totaro
© Jeffrey Totaro

The building’s triangular form results from the shifted urban grid where it meets Weequahic Park, an Olmsted-designed landscape set within the south ward of Newark. Inspired by the shift in the urban grid, the building’s expression is two slipping triangular forms set side by side. One triangle is solid and contains recreation, fitness and meditation spaces. One triangle is transparent and contains education and community meeting spaces. Its transparency conveys a sense of welcome and openness in the community. The luminous container is a beacon of hope and a pleasant place to gather, learn and play. Its bespoke design and full height windows, set largely within a window- starved community of public housing, allow passersby to witness the energy and rich roster of activities housed within and know that a substantive investment has been made in their future. This modest architectural urban intervention reinvents its neighborhood, reinvigorates its citizenry, and ultimately changes their future by providing them access to the programs and tools they need to succeed in a building that engenders productivity, connectedness and positive change.

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "TREC Newark Housing Authority / ikon.5 architects" 05 May 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/870345/trec-newark-housing-authority-iko-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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纽瓦克房屋管理局培训活动教育中心 / ikon.5 建筑事务所