Youth & Opportunity United
Architect: Studio Talo Architecture
Location: Evanston, Illinois
Category E: Exemplary Use in a Small Firm
The project was the design of the headquarter office and program building of a non-profit youth development and advocacy organization.
Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.), a 45-year-old non-profit, youth development agency requested renderings of their new headquarters for a community outreach and fund-raising campaign. The architects understood that the youth, not the building, needed to be the campaign's focus, so they created multiple 360-degree virtual reality video renderings of spaces in the building, populated with video avatars of young people served by the organization acting as tour guides, explaining how Y.O.U. and the new building would impact their lives. Through the dynamic video rendering, community members and donors experienced Y.O.U's mission, rather than just their plans.