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Restorative Living Brooke Neal and Jenna Jordano

Co-living is a compelling lifestyle for its lively community, affordability, and low maintenance nature. However, this circumstance requires some sacrifice such as privacy, limited space, and inherent risk in living with strangers. In order to offset this, Restorative Living offers wellness amenities that allow for a transforming, tranquil, healing, and sustainable atmosphere. These amenities include a grocery, spa, gym, community gardens and collaboration space with access to an on-site dietitian, doctor, and personal trainer. This forward thinking towards healthy living will generate a positive and engaging community that has potential to initiate change beyond the site extents.

The fundamental draw to New York City lies in its energetic atmosphere and dense urban fabric. With this, the city is overpopulated, and residents must compromise on living conditions at an expensive cost in order to embed themselves in the city that never sleeps. Restorative Living provides an affordable solution that filters the hustle of the context and optimizes on a healing environment to inspire residents towards new experiences. Additionally, the density is maintained in the imposition and extrusion of the city grid. The heavy timber grid being the physical representation of this, alludes to the idea of the city’s ability to eventually house a sustainable quality of life for all future residents.

Restorative Living embodies living design in its self-sufficient model through the dialogue between architecture and environment. Using gardens, urban farming, solar panels, daylighting, views, natural ventilation, and water collection, Restorative Living is a sustainable machine that not only houses restoration but is actively restoring itself. This all, to innovative the existing paradigms of co-living, living in Manhattan, and living design.