This new dynamic YMCA campus is in the northeast Bronx Community District 12, alongside NYCHA’s Baychester and Edenwald Houses. Comprised of three pavilions connected by a glass corridor, which provides views of landscaped courtyards between them, this facility celebrates the existing trees that enhance this unique building in a natural gesture.
The YMCA building includes two swimming pools, a 7,200 square foot dividable gymnasium, wellness center, childcare, group exercise studios and sub-dividable community and multipurpose rooms. The double-height entry lobby in the main pavilion opens onto a plaza which provides space for outdoor activities and gatherings. The new, 50,000 square foot recreational facility sits on the eastern side of a large plot under the jurisdiction of the New York City Administration for Children’s Services. Their facility, for children with special needs, will continue to occupy the west part of the site and will have direct access to the new YMCA.
The holistic pursuit of a sustainably designed building is a top priority which is why both passive and active sustainable elements have been used in the new design. LEED V4 Gold is anticipated.
The Northeast Bronx YMCA is a modern, vibrant recreational and community facility with programs and services to build a stronger, healthier and more connected neighborhood.
The building consists of three pavilions inter-connected by a glass corridor, providing visitors with a framed view of a landscaped courtyards containing mature trees carefully preserved on site.
Marvel Partner Yadiel Rivera-Díaz, ASLA PLA, takes note of the landscape progression.
First floor plan
Situated near the NYCHA Baychester and Edenwald Houses, the new YMCA provides access for neighborhood families to a state-of-the-art community hub, a space for everyone from children to seniors to engage in safe and fun recreational activities.
The double-height entry lobby in the main pavilion opens onto a plaza which provides space for outdoor activities.
The teaching kitchen offers community programs in nutrition and cooking to empower individuals and families with the skills, knowledge, and confidence towards a healthy lifestyle.
The NYC Economic Development Corporation originated this project as a part of Mayor de Blasio’s One New York initiative in order to help meet its goal of creating environments that encourage New Yorkers to be healthy by increasing opportunities for physical activity.
The YMCA’s vision was to build a facility that meets the wide-ranging needs of the economically diverse youth and families that live in the Northeast Bronx and will serve as a strong complement to existing YMCA facilities and programs in New York.
The Bronx, New York
YMCA of Greater New York
Cultural, Public, Recreational, Institutional
Jonathan Marvel, Lissa So, Martha Bush, JS Yong, Justine Ala, Carol Nung, Sen Ando, Yadiel Rivera, Maria C. Colon
Thomas Polise Consulting Engineer (MEPFA), Silman (Structural), Philip Habib & Associates (Civil), Trace Pool Design (Pool), Dot Dash (Lighting Design), RWDI (Envelope) Code Green (Sustainability), Cerami & Associates (IT, Security, AV), Van Deusen Associates Inc (VDA) (elevator)
Architect's Newspaper Honorable Mention - Unbuilt Public Category