The Scrap Exchange is a non-profit organization specializing in reuse arts. They purchased an adjacent 10 acres to their 2 acre site giving them additional commercial buildings and parking to start to shape and mold into their vision. The PID Incubator Studio was brought in to analyze the site and surrounding neighborhoods to determine critical issues that design could address on the 12 acre site. The data collected was overwhelmingly obvious in the direction of the project.
From the historical, analytical and survey information collected, was clear that the once united and vibrant community hub of the Lakewood community had become a desolate place leaving nine neighborhoods fractured from each other. eaving these communities together again was the focus of this project. Based on conversations had with individuals and homeowner's associations and an online survey sent out to the surrounding residents, there was a need for activities that would create social interaction in a safe place. Maker spaces, green spaces, large community gathering space, artist studios, and a coffee shop were among the top spaces requested. These results combined with the mission statement of the Reuse Arts District created the driving force that produced the program for The Annex.
The Annex is a 22,000 sq ft multi-purpose building. The program includes 8 individual studios that are rented, maker spaces such as a metal shop, woodshop, fibre arts, pottery, and a recording studio. It also has support spaces such as offices, lounges, classrooms, rehearsal spaces, and a large flexible multipurpose room that is large enough for a 200 seat stage, but can also be sectioned off into smaller galleries with moving wall. The spaces are laid out according to visuals and sound. The maker spaces and individual studio spaces are lined along the exterior of the L-shaped form while the support spaces and recording studio create a sound buffer of those work spaces from the multi-purpose exhibit/performer space.
The main stakeholders for this project continue to be the Scrap Exchange and the Neighborhood Associations as major players of the sustainability of this proposal who would utilize the event spaces, meeting rooms, and activities provided in the maker spaces. Additional stakeholders needed to maintain the new building will provide the activities. Nnenna Freelon is a performing artist looking to teach and The Art of Cool is a performing art non-profit looking for teaching, recording, and performance spaces. Triangle Visual Arts focuses on visual arts and maker spaces who are looking for studios, workshops, and event spaces.
The Annex, when built, will provide a space for the community to meet, engage socially, and exhibit their own work. Gives the Scrap Exchange and other artistic organizations to grow in place. The maker spaces within The Annex will diversify and improve the skills in the community, inspire creativity in youth who discover a passion which leads to a potential career. They will also inspire family, community, and freedom of creative expression.
Southwest View Across Plaza
Woven Streets Diagram - RAD as the Hub
Asset Mapping + Analysis
Site Traffic Flow + Proposed Development
Proposed Building + Plaza
First Floor Layout
Second Floor Layout
Community Beacon - Northwest Entrance