CORNELL UNIVERSITY DESIGN STUDIO
FALL 2017 - ITHACA, NY
PROFESSOR - RYAN LUDWIG
PROJECT BRIEF - REFUGEE CO-HOUSING COMPLEX & PUBLIC MARKET - BUFFALO, NY
This project explores the intimate act of veiling and uncovering, fostering a local community while prioritizing the privacy of the residents, and fulfills a high demand for transitional refugee housing in Buffalo, NY. The main street façade is a bounding wall which protects the contents of the site, allowing itself to be gradually revealed through a series of curated glimpses as one approaches the project. The market, which is open to for residents and locals to open up their own small business, is hidden slightly below ground level and supports a public plaza for events, recreation, and exhibitions directly above. Using greenery filled light wells, the market space remains naturally lit while maintaining a direct visual connection with the plaza.
The organization of the dwelling establishes zones of privacy and interaction between residents, while the dwelling as a unit retains a dialogue with the market. Internally, the homes contain a central shared space which branches off into individual private rooms. Both the rooms and shared areas make use of protected openings, which look out in to the public plaza without revealing the contents of the home. The ground floor holds a series of ‘performance spaces’ which are open for residents to teach classes and hold performances and exhibitions for the patrons of the market.