Madison Square Boys & Girls Club

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club

The Madison Square Boys & Girls Club’s (MSBGC) Pinkerton Clubhouse, a four-story, 45,000 square foot flagship facility in Upper Harlem, presents a new model for what Boys & Girls Clubs can be. Opening its doors in July 2019, the new club provides access to much-needed resources – recreation, social interaction, academic support, technology, and the comfort of a safe and secure environment.

Institutional, K-12, Non-profit, 
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The new MSGBC facility provides a diverse mix of recreational and education spaces that serve the organization’s mission to foster wellness and success. National precedents were researched to design these traditional and non-traditional learning spaces, with special attention to design that excites teen members to encourage continued club involvement over time. 

The program for the new clubhouse accommodates young people, ages 6-18 and includes multi-use athletic facilities, such as a 6,000 square foot gymnasium for basketball, volleyball, climbing, and other indoor sports; a rooftop play space for soccer; age-specific program spaces, such as a Teen Center; tutoring and quiet learning spaces; dance, performance, visual arts, music, and production studios; a screening room; digital media and technology labs; dining and gathering space; and offices for management and staff.

 

 

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Balancing openness, safety, and security, the new MSBGC facility provides transparent views in and out, but also privacy where it’s needed. The emphasis of the design is on generosity of space – for recreation, education, gathering, and play. Natural light is maximized throughout. An open stair brings light deep into the space, and generous interior and exterior windows amplify the feeling of connectedness, excitement, and possibility.

 

Rogers Partners has been proud to lead MSBGC in realizing its vision for the next generation of Boys & Girls Clubs. The institution’s rich history serving a diverse population and its dedication to providing a safe, nurturing, and educational environment was an inspiration in the design vision.

 

 

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 INNOVATIONS

  • The design incorporates transparency – of material and program – to present the clubhouse as a special place to belong and participate

  • The building’s organization centers around an open stair marked by glass-encased gathering spaces, connecting all levels visually and socially and bringing natural light deep into the site

  • Innovative use of affordable, sustainable, and natural materials, including exposed concrete, perforated plywood panels in the gym, and acoustic panels made of recycled water bottles, create a distinctive and inviting aesthetic

 

Location: New York, NY | Completion: 2019 | Size: 45,000 SF |
Client: Madison Square Boys & Girls Club

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