H.J.C. Bowden Multi-Purpose Senior Center
East Point, Ga.
Type of facility: senior center
Client: Fulton County, Ga.
Project Architect: Stanley Beaman & Sears, Atlanta
Construction manager: Nix-Fowler Constructors, Mableton, Ga.
Completed: November 1995
Size: 25,000 square feet
Total cost: $2.3 million
Cost per square foot: $93This is a senior center that doesn't dwell on the past.
Judge Lawrence P. Lammers described it as "a unique design for senior citizens where the architect clearly challenged the traditional institutional facility design."
The facility provides a range of health, recreational, educational and nutritional services to the community's senior citizens without the expected antique furnishing, floral window treatments and plush carpeting.
Instead, the design incorporates handcrafted stone walls, oversized, exposed windows and a therapeutic pool surrounded by gray stone. Local seniors were asked for their design ideas.
"With a Zen-like feel, this facility is disrobed of frivolity. Fresh life and spatial vitality enter in," said judge Christopher Rudolph.
Sand-washed wood is the choice of trim in this facility. From the furniture frame to the corridor walls, the interior is submerged in colors of graphite, taupe and an occasional royal purple.
A handcrafted stone wall runs through the heart of the building, with a brick wall and large boulders in the lobby. Collectively, it evokes memories of the past and provokes thoughts for the future.
"One of the most exciting projects architecturally, this well-organized site plan and interior plan has a richness of architectural spaces achieved with a limited palette," commented judge William H. Paxson.
The L-shaped site, formerly a school, is located in a residential area and stretches out to a neighboring street. Surrounded by homes on one side and a commercial district on the other, the center has two "front doors" to convey a feeling of hospitality.