YMCA of DeKalb County
Designed utilizing a pre-engineered metal building, the addition to the YMCA of DeKalb County was conceived as a field house – an archetype very familiar to the Midwest, but not typically used in the YMCA setting. Fenestration along the building perimeter lets in as much daylight as possible which, combined with the open field house vernacular, gives the patron an impression of lightness, openness, energy, and connectedness. The windows were specifically designed and located to reduce glare on the athletic and basketball courts while allowing in maximum daylight.
The rhythm of the structural members is reinforced by highlighting the steel with a brand-driven blue paint. An elevated track overlooks the entry area, as well as the basketball courts, allowing visitors an opportunity to get a sense of the activity happening within the space. The entry experience was carefully considered in the design of this project and the program was arranged to maximize efficiency and program relationships while also creating a dramatic experience upon arrival.
Intentional community spaces, including a dedicated chapel meeting room, are available for members to use. The central circulation spine of the building is purposely oversized to provide spaces for casual seating and gatherings.