TURNERS FALLS, MASSACHUSETTS
A ramp, two steps and a door replacement become an urban gesture in this modest pro-bono project for the Brickhouse Community Resource Center. The organization’s mission is to support individual and community well-being through economic development, youth development, education and advocacy.
SITELAB’S analysis of the urban context of Turners Falls yielded a rhythym of front porches that mediate between the buildings and the street inspiring this design response.
Adding a handicap ramp to the interior not only makes the performance space accessible to the entire community. The “stage” now extends out to the street as an urban “stoop” where teens can play music in the public domain. This simple gesture literally takes the Brickhouse’s mission into the street.