BROWNSVILLE HOTEL & RECREATION CENTER -
Brownsville, a small city in Pennsylvania, faced turmoil after the decline of the steel industry, as did much of Central Pennsylvania. The city is yearning for a “new beginning” and a way to modernize and help make Brownsville a destination. To create a new beacon of change, this project must stand above its surroundings, while still upholding the context of the city. My design for the hotel and recreation area draws inspiration from the complex structure of the surrounding covered bridges, which relate to the city’s historical roots. This structural inspiration was used to create an interior atrium space that allows connection within the community, but also private programmatic spaces. The atrium design provides structure, space, natural light and ventilation, along with facilitating social interaction.
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BROWNSVILLE BEFORE PROPOSED PROJECT -
ATRIUM CONSTRUCTION - (Click to expand)
The atrium space is crafted with glulam beams and becomes an interior space that spans the public and communal areas between floors. The interior atrium also forms the main structural core within the building which, allows for a glass facade and fewer interior bearing walls. The fluidity of the atrium provides a unique experience, as the public and private users of the hotel move between programmatic spaces. It is one feature of the overall project goal - to provide a unique connection between the community and visiting tourists. Other features that will help make Brownsville a destination include the development of the waterfront with a public beach and recreation areas.
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