Originally located in the Kips Bay neighborhood in Manhattan, the Lucile Palmaro Clubhouse relocated to the Bronx in 1969. The largest and flagship of Kips Bay’s 10 sites, the Club enriches hundreds of children’s lives daily through programs ranging from arts to athletics to academics and even has the Bronx’s only outdoor ice skating rink. ESKW is working with the Club staff and administration to overhaul the heart of the Club: the Games Room. Working with program directors to understand the programs and goals and witnessing the space in action, ESKW has become part of the team to refresh and enhance the club for decades to come.
The main focus of the current project is the Games Room where passive programming piques kids interest in the variety of rich programs including swimming, performing arts, and basketball to name a few. Additional studies will examine the needs of the club at a Master-Planning level while the Games Room project continues development. A second phase of design will focus on renovation of the Club’s 75-foot five-lane pool.
To enliven the centrally located Games Room, ESKW/A will use the single-story buildings greatest asset: natural light. Ten original pyramidal skylights which were concealed by acoustical tile ceiling in the mid-1970’s due to lack of efficiency, will be removed and replaced with a large single skylight. The room will be re-shaped and centered around the original brick fireplace. The new perimeter of the Room will have deep nooks creating seating and homework booths. Several studies were conducted to arrive at the wide-span translucent panel skylight solution. The single skylight provides an even wash of light throughout the entire games room versus studies where light was sculpted to highlight areas of activity.