Dattner Architects is pleased to announce that East New York Health Hub is the recipient of a 2020 AIA New York State Excelsior Honor Award. This prestigious award recognizes design excellence, user impact, and overall performance within the context of a publicly funded project.
Located in Brooklyn’s East New York neighborhood, the addition to and transformation of this turn-of-the-century structure allows a growing non-profit to provide essential healthcare and social services in an underserved neighborhood.
The addition and gut renovation expanded existing operations on site from 9,000 to 45,000 square feet, allowing the Institute for Community Living (ICL) to create a one-stop-shop community health facility for mental and physical wellbeing. The design approach creates synergy between programs by consolidating ICL’s extensive existing outreach, mental health service, and family support into one facility and co-locating a new health center operated by non-profit partner Community Healthcare Network.
The architecture of East New York Health Hub encourages physical and mental healing through visual connections to both nature and the community. Garden and terrace spaces, framed views, and access to light and air reinforce the link to the surrounding environment, while framing activities to engage the street and support the relationship with the community.