Four irregularly arranged blocks house New York civil rights centre

Exhibition spaces promoting social inclusion occupy an asymmetrical building that, with its materials, finishes and openings, dialogues with the historic architecture of the city of Auburn.

Brooklyn-based studio nArchitects converted a municipal car park in Auburn, New York, to create the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center.

The one-storey building comprises four disorderly arranged brick volumes that intersect to create a continuous interior space, used for civil rights education programmes.

The alternating pitch of the roofs further emphasises the irregular composition, while the large windows are designed to dialogue visually with the surrounding architecture.

The external brick cladding is made of materials and finishes typical of the historic centre of Auburn, while the interiors feature concrete walls and a wooden ceiling.

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