Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pharrell Williams Gives Back to his Hometown BIG TIME

Image courtesy of Oppenheim Architecture + Design
Pharrell Williams, famed front man of the production duo, N.E.R.D wears many hats: rapper, producer, fashion designer, muse, and now... patron of do-gooder architecture!
He is building an after school center in his hometown of VA Beach called The Pharrell Williams Resource Center.
Designed by Chad Oppenheim of Miami-based Oppenheim Architecture + Design, it’s a futuristic tree house, of sorts, with glass-and-steel boxes jutting out from the canopy of a lush little forest. There, kids will be able get help on their homework, tinker in a digital music lab, and meet with mentors, among other activities. The Pharrell Williams Resource Center is slated for completion in 2013. It’s being built in partnership with the city of Virginia Beach. He is paying for the Pharrell Williams Resource Center in part out of his own pocket and will help campaign for the rest of the capital.
Read the entire article on Fast Company.

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