Neighborhood Olympic Center

Lane Raffaldini Rubin (website)
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Core Studio II
Brief: Recreation and Athletic Training Center
Faculty: Luis Callejas (LCLA Office) (website)


Sport is at times social / extroverted / noisy, at times quiet / introverted / meditative. How can we design a place for the practice of such states? The Neighborhood Olympic Center brings together very serious athletes training for elite competition and recreational members and youth from the surrounding Charlestowne, Boston community. Perched on the edge of Bunker Hill, the Center enjoys an uninterrupted view of the Boston skyline and is situated beside a long public stair that descends the hill. The public path of this stair is continued into the Center and extends the amenity that the views provide. The building’s stairs serves to partition the interior sports programs, allowing for a range of meditative and social spaces.

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