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Girls’ Club’s facility is a dynamic, multi-functional building designed by Margi Nothard, principal of the award-winning Glavovic Studio in Fort Lauderdale. Glavovic Studio converted the existing warehouse via the use of layered materials, light and movement to create a unique, art-oriented environment for the collection of contemporary art of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz. Pale green translucent fiberglass panels are mounted on a steel frame over the existing building facade and windows. This material diffuses natural light into the gallery during the day, and at night, when illuminated from within, it glows an emerald shade of green, adding vivid color to the street. This transparency informs the building’s interior as well. Partition walls of industrial recycled materials are embedded with LED lights. Resins, plastics, polymers and colors are layered to define private and public spaces. Access to a mezzanine is denoted by an intense orange zone. A pair of pivot walls create a flexible installation space.

Glavovic Studio has received numerous awards for the design of Girls’ Club and other projects, including World Architecture’s Annual Community Award in 2012 and a 2008 AIA State Merit Award. Read about the conception and the evolution of Girls’ Club’s architecture here. (.pdf 4.1 MB)

Photos of the space courtesy Robin Hill, Luis Olazabal, Paul Clemence and Stephan Goettlicher.

 

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