Conceptually, the design traces back to the handbook of the Boys and Girls Club of America. It lays out key elements for children’s wellbeing, as well as the spaces needed for formative programs. This translated into three buildings, each with their own character, but similar in terms of their modular composition. The educational building houses computer rooms, a library and a kitchen, among others, while in the arts building you can find a semi-open auditorium and larger spaces for dance and such. The sports building consists of a large covered area, providing space for a variety of sports.
While still in the construction phase, the sleek, yet deserted brutalist aesthetic of the concrete structures caught the attention of architecture aficionados around the world. As can be seen in CCA’s artist impressions, reality will present an atmosphere much more lively and buzzing with activity. The abstraction of the concrete will be offset by the safety of an environment bulging with opportunity. In that light, the purpose of this new campus space is similar — yet less color-blocking in nature — to that of this bright blue sports court in another marginalized area of Mexico City. The projects share a common spirit, dedicated to the uplifting of Mexico City’s youth and providing them with an alternative to a life in crime.