Penny Lane North Hills Family Center
20,000 square foot corporate center, clinic, and family center for Penny Lane Centers, a non-profit agency whose mission is children's welfare.
The main idea for the center was to create a building which would be open to both users and the larger community. The massing was broken into 2 pavilions of 2 to 3 stories each, the tallest related to the commercial building next door and the lowest to a 2-story residential building. The pavilions allowed a public plaza at the corner and a semi-public plaza inside. Both plazas and pavilions are surrounded by the red walls as a gesture of protection and safe harbor. The large roof which overhangs the complex suggests a link between disparate parts as well as the common goals in diversity. Year completed: 2004