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[+] YOUTHVILLE DETROIT
AWARDS: 2006 NOMA NATIONAL HONOR AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE, 2006 AIA DETROIT BUILDING HONOR AWARD
YouthVille Detroit, the city’s new Youth Development Center, is a place where the lessons of leadership begin with a youth-driven interior environment. The Detroit Youth Foundation constructed YouthVille on Woodward Avenue, in the city’s New Center area. The project combines old and new, converting approximately 85,000 square feet of the existing building into a combined youth activity/lease office space for youth-service-oriented agencies.
The facility includes a youth lounge/game room, cyber café, art rooms, dance rooms, a gymnasium/fitness room, a technology center, a study/media center as well as numerous meeting/mentoring rooms. The center’s interior space is organized around a central multipurpose dining hall which fosters increased interaction between all users of the building. The project features the adaptive reuse of two existing structures. This is inherently a sustainable practice by reduction in the impact of new materials creation. Another example of sustainability at Youthville is the rubber flooring installed in the facility that uses recycled automobile tires. Although in the end the owners decided against pursuing LEED certification, the building is a highly efficient sustainable building.