Design 4: Mentor Center.
The Tasker Street Mentor Center is a senior-youth mentor center in South Philadelphia that supports the local needs of the community. Teaming up with occupational therapy students, we designed a non-profit community center in a historic warehouse that serves both senior citizens (55+ years), and school-age pre-teens (5-12 years). The center is designed to promote and build senior/child relationships and bonding through the concept of progression. The spaces are organized by levels of intimacy and use of color. Focal walls of each space get darker as you move through the space, and the learning intimate spaces are located on the left. Using a scheme of oranges, blues, and grays to distinguish the progression of private to public, focal walls are painted in darker oranges as the circulation goes through the building. Four distinct orange paints were chosen for the horizontal focal walls of each space, while vertical walls were covered in light blue and light gray. Gray flooring and the use of blues cool down the warm orange tones. Natural maple wood is reflected in the ceiling panels and tables and paired with light orange and light blue fabrics.
Programs used are AutoCad, Sketch up, Photoshop, 3Ds Max, and Illustrator