Portfolio Project Detail

Adaptable Living Sarita Mann, Nadia Rahmatian, and Keri Goodlad

Adaptable & Resilient
The West Village Co-Living Community intends to address the need for affordable housing by creating adaptable and resilient homes that are inherently connected within the neighbourhood.

The proposal suggests that only the most essential and minimal architectural interventions should be introduced to provide a framework for an inclusive community whose members live and work locally.

The West Village contains many restaurants and retail establishments whose workers rarely live locally. This proposal will offer the opportunity for workers to remain in the community and create a circular economy, while also connecting to the network of nearby services.

By creating a “market street” at the ground floor, this allows for highly flexible public space that would serve as retail spaces for the residents and the neighbourhood. Architectural interventions and finishes are minimized here; adaptable and movable furniture pieces become resilient vending stations and potential flood loss damage from future sea level rise is minimized.

The community provides homes for up to 15 families, with 5,000 SF of private living space and 1,200 SF of indoor shared amenity space (25% of private spaces), in addition to a shared rooftop garden / flexible outdoor amenity space. The shared indoor amenity space includes facilities to support the worker co-operative, whose services could evolve over time based on the needs of the community.

The homes are prefabricated high-recycled content steel modules that are easily adaptable to support a diverse mix of family sizes. Homes include private sleeping spaces, bathrooms, and kitchenettes, with shared front porches and private back porches. Shared amenity spaces are optimized to support flexibility, supporting the current needs of the residents, while anticipating future alterations. A communal harvest kitchen is provided at the 2nd floor level, to encourage socializing and allow for food processing, using food produced from the rooftop garden as well as from the local neighbourhood.

Living Design
The proposal suggests an adaptive reuse strategy, with the addition of flexible prefabricated home modules. It will meet and exceed New York Green Building regulations by providing systems strategies for energy use and water use reductions.
(Living Design Tally = 14 Yes)