After evaluating the site and its surrounding area, we realized the diversity in needs from people in New York, not only financially, but also activity patterns. It is inevitable to form a series of co-living strategies and room types in our design in order to fulfill the needs. Our project started from the idea of creating a hierarchy of public spaces in correspondence with relationships between people: central common space – strangers/ short stay; semi private living space within courtyard – acquaintances/ roommates; private outdoor balconies – family/ friends. Therefore, we began with three different configurations of communal space, and we developed three co-living strategies around them.
Three co-living modes
Co-living exists in multiple forms, so we designed three room types and three spatial configurations in one building. In this way, we are able to meet the needs not only for the people with relatively low budget in rent, but also provide spacious family apartments for potential house owners in Manhattan. The communal living area is for short stay tenants, shared apartments are for tenancy up to years, and family houses are designed for people who plan to live in there for years and even decades.
Our design maximizes the natural daylight and ventilation by carefully orienting rooms and functions, creating roof light and light wells, and adaptive reuse of the existing building. The existing building on the first floor will be our entrance lobby and common space for the whole building.
The layout of each co-living type is based on the principle of max usability for tenants and efficiency in room layouts. In the meantime, we ensure the high efficiency in circulation space and ancillary spaces.
The void, or shared space within the building are shaped by porosity. Each void typology produces a different type of living condition.
The project started by looking at the affordable co-living accommodations, and developed around ‘sharing economy’. The realization of accommodations are in multiple forms to meet diverse needs.
The design is based on a very efficient grid and all levels used same method of construction. In this way, prefabrication canbe potentially used in the construction. Materials chosen are simple and local.