World Architecture News today announced that ikon.5's Training Recreation Education Center in Newark, New Jersey, was shortlisted for the 2017 WAN Civic Buildings Award. This international awards program celebrates the finest in public sector architecture while promoting the very best in pioneering civic design.

The Training Recreation Education Center (TREC) embodies the physical representation of social collectivism in Newark, New Jersey. TREC is a place where neighbors gather, exercise, and receive training to improve their prospects for gainful employment within a rapidly transforming economy. The luminous incubator is a beacon of hope that conveys a sense of welcome and openness within the community and is a public demonstration that a substantive investment has been made in Newark's future. TREC's bespoke design and full height windows allow passersby to witness the energy and rich roster of activities housed within and know it is an inviting place to gather, learn and play. The Training Recreation and Education Center revitalizes its neighborhood and empowers the citizens of Newark by providing them access to the programs and tools they need to succeed.

"This is my favorite. I think it has modesty and it’s well-detailed on the exterior. For me it seems like it’s going to have the biggest impact on its local community. It's taken a shared form and executed it beautifully," remarked World Architecture News juror Keb Garavito Bruhn.

ikon.5 architects is a design-focuses architectural practice located in Princeton, New Jersey.


Kristen Leone