Torti Gallas and Partners Designing Barry Farm Recreation Center
Date Posted: 10/7/2011
Torti Gallas and Partners is currently completing design and construction documents for the Barry Farm Recreation Center in Southeast Washington, DC.
The Barry Farm Recreation Center replaces the outdated and undersized center currently on the site in the same location. The center shares the site with the Birney School which houses two DC Charter Elementary Schools. The new Recreation Center will contain approximately 22,400 gsf of space including a gym (basketball court with bleachers), community use rooms (game room, exercise room, senior lounge, etc.), and pool house. The design team has situated the tallest portion of the recreation center on axis with the future planned linear park with the main entry for the center terminating this axis. An architectural embellishment above the main entry, which will be illuminated at night, celebrates this terminus. The building is broken up into three masonry “pods” with the gym, entry, and lobby in the main pod, the community use rooms in the central pod, and the pool house and mechanical rooms in the third pod. The pods are linked with glass and metal hyphens housing the center’s office and kitchen. The building is able to address the topography of the site by each pod responding directly to its adjacent grading conditions. The third pod sits in the hillside on two sides allowing its roof to function as a roof terrace which houses the center’s playground and overlooks the pool and fields. The courtyard functions as an outdoor room for the center with a central seating area and a bioswale creating a landscaped edge adjacent to the field. A new combination football/soccer/softball field will anchor the center portion of the site. A new outdoor pool adjacent to the pool house balances the gym footprint.
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