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 Main entrance
       
     
 Exterior, window cuts
       
     
 Gallery entrance at night
       
     
 Gallery
       
     
 Connection between buildings
       
     
 Outreach Center
       
     
 Health and Examination space
       
     
 Composite photo of original Quonset huts
       
     
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Bethany Place
       
     
Bethany Place

Belleville, IL

Client
Bethany Place

Recognition
Chicago AIA Merit Award
Art Institute of Chicago, Alternative Housing Exhibition
St. Louis AIA Honor Award
Dwell Magazine

Role
Design Principal in Charge
Rubiostudio+Durham

Bethany Place is a non-profit organization that provides temporary housing, health services, and outreach programs for the underprivileged and homeless living with HIV. The budget was very constrained, however the founders discovered a series of de-commissioned military Quonset huts that were relocated from a local air force base to this site in Belleville, Illinois. The Quonset huts provided unique design challenges especially in meeting current codes and incorporating the appropriate systems and infrastructure for a facility that services the poor. At the same, these old structures revealed a quite simple and delightful means in which to meet the program requirements and provide an appropriate and inspiring space. Programming is divided among the three huts and the result is a series of open, light-filled spaces.

 Main entrance
       
     

Main entrance

 Exterior, window cuts
       
     

Exterior, window cuts

 Gallery entrance at night
       
     

Gallery entrance at night

 Gallery
       
     

Gallery

 Connection between buildings
       
     

Connection between buildings

 Outreach Center
       
     

Outreach Center

 Health and Examination space
       
     

Health and Examination space

 Composite photo of original Quonset huts
       
     

Composite photo of original Quonset huts

 Elevations
       
     

Elevations

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