Sited within a community of artist and makers, The Bushwick Materials Library is a platform space for public engagement with making, material education and community arts projects. The building houses a large workshop space with adjoining public studios which aim to tackle the ever increasing rental prices that are eliminating many from having a space to be creative. The workshop and studio works alongside a materials library and research lab, which has a rotational display of material products from the large store in the building’s basement. As well as the many outdoor amphitheaters created from the building’s undulating forms, there is an indoor auditorium which can be used to host a variety of arts events, CPDs and classes. Formally the building experiments with the use of concrete and glulam timbers to fold and curve in ribbon like strands up from the street level into hilly mounds, which look over the Hudson River at the Manhattan skyline.
Architectural Design: Stage 01
This house for the West River district of New Haven uses the configuration of equipment, aperture and construction to create a gradient of spatial density which either encourages collectivity or isolation. Overlooked by the two neighboring properties the building’s dense center houses all utilities and circulation extending out to open social spaces that stretch into the urban front and green rear. In a neighborhood with a particular need for adaptable housing an additional staircase and single stud wall can be ‘plugged’ into the dense center of the house splitting the building into two properties. Formally the building plays with the rhythm of stick framing and timber cladding peeling back in certain areas to dissolve the building into the surrounding context and enhance the inhabitants’ relationship to the neighborhood.