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JORDAN PARNASS DIGITAL ARCHITECTURE
BROOKLYN, NY

The Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center is a community
resource that celebrates dance education in a former industrial building
in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Its design consists of
several dramatic architectural interventions that transform the exterior
and create bright, airy, and playful dance studios, offices, a library,
and dressing rooms for the bustling families that arrive each day.
Before opening the 4,000-square-foot center, the Bedford-Stuyvesant-born Smallwood had a significant career as a principal dancer with
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. When Smallwood decided to
return to her Brooklyn home to teach dance, Oprah Winfrey offered
her direct support to develop a school and resource center for the
community.
The architect generated the design from a series of figure studies, using photography and dance notation to inspire digital abstractions
of movement and the flow of architectural space. The design begins
with the brilliant red entrance consisting of a marquee suspended
over a glass doorway flanked by sculpted, rippling concrete panels.
The stairwell and second-floor reception area are clad in dimensional
CNC-milled lacquered panels that conceal storage, signage, and lighting. The circular ripple motif gets its fullest expression in a colorful and
warm library, which provides comfortable seating and a social gathering
space. Open, bright studios with sprung floors and glowing skylights are
the focus for dancers. The two studios are flexibly divided and can open
up to one large dance stage with blackout curtains at performance time.

Amy Barkow | Barkow Photo

INTERIORS HONOR
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DWANA SMALLWOOD PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture Design Team
Jordan Parnass, AIA, RIBA, LEED AP, Mithila Poojari,
Lucie Tomastikova, John Baker, Philip M. Weller,
Dimitri Kim, Carlos Gastelum, Chris Nelson
Collaborators
A Degree of Freedom, EP Engineering, Supreme
General Contracting



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Summer 2017 Design Awards

Letter from the President
Introduction
Best in Competition
De Maria Pavilion
Main: East Side Lofts
INTERIORS Honor
The Met Breuer
PROJECTS Honor
Re-Envisioning Branch Libraries Design Study
The Gowanus Canal Sponge Park Pilot
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