What does it mean to make an LGBTQ+ Center? At Brown University, KITE Architect’s approach to human-centered design points the way and takes into consideration the sensibilities needed to create an inclusive space where support, mentorship, and community are promoted.In memory of the Stonewall Riots, the space is designed to create a home away from home for all students, but especially those who seek refuge in the ongoing struggle for LGBTQ+ rights.
Structurally and symbolically connecting both 20 and 22 Benevolent, a new connector brings both existing buildings together and creates a rich dialogue between the past, present, and future. The connector takes visual cues from the existing doors on the streetscape of 20 and 22 Benevolent, boasting as a large entryway into the LGBTQ Center, angling itself so as to suggest an opening door and welcoming gesture. Side entrance from 20 Benevolent is also available, offering students further accessibility and a sense of privacy if needed.
Other key features include a clothing-swap room, which allows students that are transitioning or affirming their gender identity to swap, donate, or acquire clothing. Student lounges are dynamic and adaptable, allowing for various furniture arrangements and includes areas for congregating, studying, nail-painting, and even gaming.
KITE Architects is proud to be engaged in the dialogue of inclusive, human-centered design for all and to have led the renovations of one of the oldest houses in Providence transforming it into a place for people to connect and be welcome!