New York City’s housing market is no longer the traditional residential home. The need for a new microurbanism newly defines the combination of activities and residential purposes. The contraction and expansion of space and domestic program reconfigures the density and diversity of the Bronx community. A reconfiguration of adjacent surfaces and services combine and multiply uses, transitions, and experiences.
The combination of a series of modular ‘program-volumes’ allows for an infinite flexibility as units aggregate to accommodate new types of residents and numbers of members within a residential unit. The architectural necessity for micro-housing repositions the role of basic amenities as adjacency allows for a multitude of users and uses. Sudoku looks to minimize the unused space by contracting public and private circulation with the presence of the unit.
Designed with Wenjing Zhang
The Organic Split takes place at the intersection between 14th and 7th Avenue. The corner imposes within the public and private realms of the site’s subway station, commercial site, and residential program. It breaks apart the strict horizontal movement of the site by looking at the site as vertical volumes that each contain a specific direction and location of movement. The corner creates a central axis that initiates a different movement and connection at different hours of the day by opening and closing, allowing for either larger or smaller nodes of activity. The bottom circulatory system hinges to pick up users from the subway station.
East River Traverser
The site has some of the fastest current speeds of the entire river, where commercial and smaller boats often have difficulty pushing against the flow of the currents. The topographical shifts below the water level initiates an exploration of natural erosion and its relationship with man-made erosion regarding level changes and movement. The fluctuating level changes of the pier respond to the natural height shifts of the tide, as the tubes allow for walkways and bridges that are revealed and disappear during tidal changes.
The pier acts as a docking area and passageway for commercial boats and leisure boating crafts, and is a main commute path for those traveling between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Its mounds are oriented on the shallowest parts of the topography, and surrounded by the main paths of travel of boats on the East River. The series of mounds are accessible at certain entryways, where individuals are able to climb atop them for spectacular views of New York.
The correlation between topographical changes and elevation shifts is explored through a central circulatory tube that makes it way, entering and dipping underwater, portraying the roles of tunnel, room, bridge, path across the river.
Catching the Light
The new L Train station stands as a controversy among New York City residents. The station considers the correlation and locations of specific points of lighting underground and above ground during the day and night time. It draws people from the East and West sides, with entrances that come from both directions that directly relate to the directions that the cars above ground approach the station and that of the subways below. The station excavates from both sides of 14th Street, creating two paths of light and user movement, sculpting a form that intersects at a mezzanine level above the train.
The proto-building of the new-age library is based on the act of meandering, where the perception of space is distorted dictated by a number of intersections, and the ability to wander. The library is structured by a jagged portion of light that forms the weaving of a series of inhabitable and programmed bridges that act as the ‘in between space’ between the sides of the street. The library takes these material studies into an inhabitable scale, incorporating the changes in perception from the possibilities of moving in, around, and on top of these bridged structures.