Known as “The Cultural Heart of Latino Philadelphia,” Taller is a community-based multidisciplinary arts organization founded in 1974 whose work bridges European, African, Caribbean, and Latino societies and cultures.
After outgrowing their two original buildings, Taller commissioned a new $11.5 million one-story facility located on a 2.25-acre lot. The new El Corazón Cultural Center more than doubles the number of children and youth the organization is able to serve on site. The building houses a 220-seat multi-use space, classrooms, offices, art gallery, gift shop, central terrace, full-service catering kitchen, cafe, retail, and business incubator space. There is also parking for 80 cars.
BBA provided MEP engineering for the project, which has been recognized with a design award.