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Prattsville Art Center (Image © 2013 Andrea Salvini)
Prattsville Art Center (Image © 2013 Andrea Salvini)
Prattsville Art Center (Image © 2013 Andrea Salvini)
Prattsville Art Center (Image © 2013 Andrea Salvini)
Prattsville Art Center (Image © 2013 Andrea Salvini)
Prattsville Art Center (Image © 2013 Andrea Salvini)
Prattsville Art Center (Image © 2013 Andrea Salvini)
Prattsville Art Center (Image © 2013 Andrea Salvini)
Prattsville Art Center (Image © 2013 Andrea Salvini)

The Prattsville Art Center will be the new cultural hub for the town of Prattsville, New York, and surrounding area, bringing together selected artists with residents of the historic Catskills town which was severely damaged by Hurricane Irene in 2011. The project consists of restoring a 2,000 sq-ft historic building damaged by the flood in addition to building a new one housing artist residencies and workshops. The main focus of the new building is providing flexibility and usability for both interior and exterior spaces in order to host different activities in the center simultaneously. It also sets the goal to design a high-performance building for energy efficiency and incorporate sustainable systems. Apart from its cultural mission, another goal of the center is to empower Prattsville to develop and implement recovery plans for future weather disasters. Designed as a flood-resistant structure, another important role the building can play is serving as a public emergency shelter, aiding evacuations or simply as assembly spot for large groups of people, owing to its open plan.