Harlem Mart 125
Our site—located in Central Harlem on a narrow through-lot—faces two unique and opposite conditions. The building’s north face addresses 125th street as well as the Apollo theater (the nucleus of Harlem’s nightlife) while its south face looks onto a residential street with scant building frontage or community presence. This design negotiates and engages with the unique characters of 125th and 124th streets through ‘urban layers’ at the building’s street-wall and ground level.
These layers are programmed on 125th as collaborative office-areas, made divisible by curtains that can be digitally projected on. Media content generated by artists or the building’s tenants illuminate the north façade at night; contributing to the street’s vibrant public life. In contrast, the south side becomes a vertical garden—a layer of sun-rooms covered with planting—creating an oasis and porch-space in an otherwise dead street. These vertical layers are connected through a specially programmed, continuous ground level.
Home is a Four Letter Word
The project puts forward a new live-work housing prototype for artists and workers in the industrial neighborhood of Dogpatch. By reorganizing domestic functions into a highly specific cabinet of living and labor, a generic character of the home is reclaimed. Through the reinvention of the bathroom as a social bathing room, a conventionally private space is made the spatial and social link for the residents. Shared, unassigned bedrooms further challenge the residents through the necessity of mutual vulnerability. Storage becomes the only personal space.
This study explores the affective possibilities of two different spaces through the exchange of material and surface properties. By transforming one space’s color, pattern, and texture into the other’s – a radically different experience is created out of the same structure. These transformations substantiate the central role that materiality and affect play in our experience of architecture. The British Art Center and the School of Management were chosen for the formal similarity of key elements as well as their drastically different characters. On one hand, the BAC exudes stasis, domesticity, warmth, and maturity. The SOM building expresses transparency, movement, fluidity, and corporatism.
Architectural Design: New Haven Test
The courtyard house is a minimal-dwelling model designed to provide a dynamic and relational living experience. It imagines two dwellings framing a semi-indoor court--the primary element of the proposal--wherein the owner and tenant can experience a range of private and shared activities. Especially suited for multi-generational families, this model affords a sense of connectedness between the lives and activities of the house’s residents through the medium of the courtyard—instead of the stark separation that would result from a partition wall.