The project site in Hell's Kitchen (10th Avenue between 38th and 39th Streets, near the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel), has a sloping topography. My proposal is driven by an image of a fragile, transparent cylinder rolling downhill and shattering. The program is a community center comprising three main elements; education, recreation, and administration. Each is housed in a separate structure composed predominately of a distinct material, and each has a different relationship to the sloping ground plane in a vertical heirarchy that valorizes pedagogy: administration below ground (reinforced concrete), gymnasium at ground level (CMU), and classrooms above ground situated on the gymnasium (wood frame). The three components are connected by a glass atrium. The gymnasium roof serves as a playground for the children.