YMCA Oak Square
The Oak Square YMCA involved the efforts of many community groups and political entities to realize the site of the project. Flanked by two existing parks on the east and west ends, the building acts as the bridge between them by means of an internal skylit “street”. Furthermore, this “street” forms a spine internally between the major building blocks of the gymnasium and pool. The exterior envelope was designed to be of high quality yet cost effective construction requiring low maintenance. The massing was segmented, reducing the scale and demarcating the building’s internal organization. The building unites two parts of the neighborhood physically while creating a community internally.