Not A Joke: Pharrell Builds A Stunning, $35M Afterschool Space For Kids
The $35 million Pharrell Williams Resource Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, will provide a dazzling place for kids to do their homework.
Pharrell: rapper, producer, fashion designer, muse, and now… patron of do-gooder architecture!? Move over, Brad Pitt!
The N.E.R.D. front man has plans to build a $35 million, 30,000-square-foot youth center in his hometown, Virginia Beach. Designed by Chad Oppenheim of Miami-based Oppenheim Architecture + Design, it’s a futuristic tree house, of sorts, with glass-and-steel boxes jutting out from the canopy of a lush little forest. There, kids will be able get help on their homework, tinker in a digital music lab, and meet with mentors, among other activities. The Pharrell Williams Resource Center is slated for completion in 2013. It’s being built in partnership with the city of Virginia Beach.
The project got underway after Pharrell and Oppenheim met at the art love-fest, Art Basel, in 2008, and bonded over a shared vision to “make the world a better place,” the press release describes. “Pharrell had a unique experience growing up with a local educator that gave him the confidence to pursue his talents,” Oppenheim tells Co.Design, “and he wants to provide the same atmosphere for future generations.” (more …)