Remnant Ministries Center
New York City
This project entailed the transformation of an existing building in New York
City into a public center that facilitates community education and outreach
The building’s main interior space, which spans 100’, was originally a
single volume designed to house a union hall theater. When a television
production company obtained the property, the theater was sectioned into two
levels, resulting in 10,000 sf of dark, compressed office space.
The design of this project aims to enliven the building’s
interior layers by creating various apertures that bring light and air into an
otherwise impermeable space. A large central light scoop transfers natural light
into meeting rooms on the second floor as well as the main gallery and lecture
space on the main floor. Seminar rooms and offices, which occupy both levels in
the rear of the building, are exposed to external light through a narrow
courtyard and a series of inserted skylights.
Following the diversity of the neighborhood, in all its scale,
vivid color and diverse form, spaces varied in scale, sectional form, light and
color. While the spaces are organized around an administrative and circulation
core, they do not tailor to any specific function. The goal was to create
specificity of place without the constraints of specific use.