10 BOUCK COURT, PRE-KINDERGARTEN
Brooklyn, NY, 2016
The Rose that grew from Concrete
A school renovation for Pre-K.
A community of children and teachers located across the street from an elevated train line and a sanitation industrial garbage dumping ground.
An opportunity to create for young bodies and minds.
A place of natural light.
A place of magic, serenity and fantasy.
A place for the young to imagine.
A place of rooms and meeting spaces scaled for intimacy with light and its ever changing patterns, delight, dark, soft, hard and shadows.
The forecourt - a garden in the concrete - begins the architectural sequence. A metaphor for the potential of all young bodies and minds.
The Rose That Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur:
“Did you hear about the rose that grew
from a crack in the concrete?
Proving nature's laws wrong,
it learned to walk without having feet.
Funny, it seems to by keeping it's dreams;
it learned to breathe fresh air.
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
when no one else even cared.”