Columbia GSAPP Core Studio III    Different States of Housing    Hilary Sample    Collaboration with Luis Felipe Paris      Sited in East Harlem, the project seeks to draw upon the existing condition of vacancy and underdevelopment plaguing the area. By examining the left over, or residual, space of East Harlem, the 300 unit housing project creates its own deliberate vacant space to be used by its residents. Three interlocking unit types aggregate to form ten towers encircling the single block site, with interior corridors functioning as semi-exterior streets among units.  Within the question of housing,the interest of the project is in how the creation of built space, the positive, can create another space, the negative, and the edge condition that negotiates the two. More specifically, the way in which this edge becomes co-opted for uses that it was never intended for because in fact it was never intended for any use at all! The dual quality of the edge (as a separator and a unifier, as a revealer and a concealer) becomes a key element in design.  By exposing and altering the relationship of different spaces and at different scales, the edge (or non-edge) becomes intrinsic in instigating a type of self-consciousness or self-awareness wherein the inhabitant is cognisant of the unseen relationships that are integral within the apartment, within the block, within the city.

Columbia GSAPP Core Studio III

Different States of Housing

Hilary Sample

Collaboration with Luis Felipe Paris

 

Sited in East Harlem, the project seeks to draw upon the existing condition of vacancy and underdevelopment plaguing the area. By examining the left over, or residual, space of East Harlem, the 300 unit housing project creates its own deliberate vacant space to be used by its residents. Three interlocking unit types aggregate to form ten towers encircling the single block site, with interior corridors functioning as semi-exterior streets among units.

Within the question of housing,the interest of the project is in how the creation of built space, the positive, can create another space, the negative, and the edge condition that negotiates the two. More specifically, the way in which this edge becomes co-opted for uses that it was never intended for because in fact it was never intended for any use at all! The dual quality of the edge (as a separator and a unifier, as a revealer and a concealer) becomes a key element in design.

By exposing and altering the relationship of different spaces and at different scales, the edge (or non-edge) becomes intrinsic in instigating a type of self-consciousness or self-awareness wherein the inhabitant is cognisant of the unseen relationships that are integral within the apartment, within the block, within the city.

 stills from film documenting 125th street

stills from film documenting 125th street

 vacancy versus built studies of East Harlem

vacancy versus built studies of East Harlem

 vacant lot study of east harlem

vacant lot study of east harlem

 residential kit of parts

residential kit of parts

 unit aggregation logic

unit aggregation logic

 three bedroom unit

three bedroom unit

 three bedroom unit

three bedroom unit

 longitudinal site section

longitudinal site section

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125th street, harlem, new york