MIT Drop-In Center
The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe Drop-In Center was envisioned to be a safe and informal setting that would include mentoring, counseling and recreation as well as provide a gather spot for the older youth of the tribe. We were tasked with transforming an old fisheries warehouse into an ‘MTV Real World’ inspired environment that would draw the youth in between the hours of 6pm-3am. Within the shell we needed to include a music & film editing studio, an arcade, a teaching kitchen, a theatre, a library, classroom space, counseling rooms and administrative spaces—all within a fairly tight budget.
We started with the floor plan. This established the tone and rhythm of the space. The music and film-editing tower became the central volume from which all other spaces were inspired. The concept was to create a series of volumes in different finishes and textures that would ‘float’ within the larger structure creating a playful and dynamic atmosphere. The understanding was that the tribe would be using the space for many different functions. Therefore, flexibility within the space was very important as was selecting hardwearing and easy to clean finishes.
The elders of the tribe were passionate about providing a safe and healthy environment for their youth. It was fascinating to learn of their customs and rewarding to help create a well-used and needed venue for all to enjoy.