Showcasing innovative sustainable construction and high-quality design, The New Generation (TNG) Youth and Community Centre is a £3.5m newbuild venue designed by RCKa. It provides a range of vocational, leisure and support services for the young people of Lewisham, South London.
The state-of-the-art building includes a climbing wall, training kitchen and café, multi-use games area, recording studios, health clinic, dance and performance spaces, teaching and conference rooms and an IT suite.
A dramatic central space resolves complex site levels and forms a vibrant heart to a building that engages and welcomes visitors, and is alive with activity and opportunity.
RCKa worked closely with Lewisham Council, its partners and the local community to realise the project. They identified the potential of the site for a significant facility and were instrumental in securing project funding. The practice's aim was to create a positive place in which young people find inspiration, where they feel safe and secure, and in which they want to
Its success and popularity with young people in particular has far exceeded expectation. This is testament to the ambition of the London Borough of Lewisham and the approach of the design team, which placed users and the local community at the heart of the design, briefing and governance process.
New London Awards 2013 - Shortlisted
New London Awards 2011 - Finalist
Place Making Awards 2013 - Finalist
A+ Awards - Finalist 2014
RICS Awards - Shortlisted
Building Awards 2014
Civic Trust Awards
Water-saving sanitary appliances
Sustainable sourced timber
Smart design (passive design strategies)
The new Generation Youth and Community centre in Lewisham showcases an innovative sustainability construction and high-quality design.
A triple-height wintergarden on the East side of the building acts as thermal and physical buffer which helps stabilize indoor temperature while enhancing comfort levels within the interiors.
Timber structure and daylighting
Constructed of cross-laminated wood, the building’s timber-panelled carcass is punctured through walls and ceiling with large dramatic openings (large ETFE rooflights) to maximise natural daylight and frame long views through and out of the building.
Internally the exposed timber is treated with subtle white wash against a robust linoleum floor in a warm-grey chequerboard pattern and, in key spaces, a textured rustic oak.
Externally, the building is clad in a lightweight, translucent polycarbonate rainscreen with a gently undulating profile. At street level where the building required a more robust finish, ultra-high performance pre-cast concrete panels cast from moulds of the profiled polycarbonate above, are hung from the building.
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