The Park Avenue
The Park Avenue is a new building on East 123rd Street in East Harlem for Odyssey House. It is a 34,000 SF, six-story building funded by the OMH and LIHTCs (Low Income Housing Tax Credits). Continuing the Odyssey House tradition of supporting individuals recovering from substance abuse, the building contains counseling offices and group meeting facilities on the ground floor and cellar and 50 efficiency apartment units for program participants on the upper floors. The main lobby leads to the rear garden via a bridge over an outdoor courtyard. An open stair draws people to the common activity areas of the building: a lower level lounge, laundry room, common room and state of the art exercise room. A common dining area on the first floor opens to the rear yard allowing for outdoor eating in fair weather.
A key element of the therapeutic process at Odyssey House is art and creative expression. The building features many areas to showcase original work by the program participants, including exterior display panels in the rear garden that are a highlight of the landscape design. The façade of the building was designed to complement the traditional buildings on the block, with brick and cast stone window surrounds and an articulated cornice, while highlighting the entrance and lounge areas on each floor with an aluminum window wall and glass lobby.