The interior includes a community meeting area, a children’s zone, and a connected atrium that references a traditional Chinese courtyard, to respond to the building’s cultural context. All spaces connect to a central atrium, providing clear orientation and spatial cohesion, while minimizing the building’s total footprint. The community meeting area and children’s zone occupy the ground level, while the teen and adult zones are on the second level. An open floor plan ensures maximum flexibility.
Furnishings and storage solutions, including eye-level shelving and community worktables, are similarly flexible so as to accommodate multiple uses and arrangements. The building features numerous sustainable elements and has achieved LEED Platinum certification from the USGBC.
Our integrated approach utilized the expertise of three Chinese-American professionals who were active in the community. Each of these leaders contributed their knowledge of the balance and harmony of Chinese culture in an American context.