Five Points Center for Active Adults

Raleigh, NC
Architect of Record: HH Architecture

Services Provided:

  • Architectural programming
  • Consultation throughout design and construction

Design Considerations:

  • Shares site with historic structure that houses complementary services
  • Site in historic district with design restrictions and protected trees
  • Programs and services operated by multiple agencies
  • Public input during programming and design
  • Target population of diverse ages, abilities, and preferences
  • LEED certification required

Lifespan Design Studio (LDS) worked closely with the local design team led by HH Architecture to program and design a 20,000 square foot facility to house programs and services operated by the City and its partners from the public and private sectors. Co-located on a park-like site with a historically significant building, architectural guidelines and protected trees impacted the exterior aesthetic and the placement of the building on the site. The center’s lobby café and spacious assembly room were positioned for easy access to patios and walkways with views of the lush landscaping. LDS led the development of an architectural program incorporating a mix of dedicated- and flexible-use spaces, including exercise and art studios, an equipped fitness center, technology-ready classrooms, billiards room, and lounge/library spaces of various sizes. Storage was thoughtfully planned to accommodate tables, chairs, table tennis equipment, portable platforms, and program supplies where they are out-of-the-way but easily accessed. LDS participated actively in the evaluation of options for achieving LEED gold without compromising participant comfort or safety.

Photos by Jim Sink used with permission of HH Architecture.