This memorable project involved an unusual degree of creative risk-taking. As architects, we relaxed our usual aesthetic control to coordinate the authentic, lively participation of many creative spirits. Through the workshops with community participants, the centre was conceived as a small village with its fringes open to the surrounding world through the community garden to the east and the public thoroughfare to the west. Local artisans and craftspeople were invited to contribute to make this a lively and expressive place full of meaning and transformation for its community. It continues to offer a sociable oasis of gathering and creativity.