Integrating Communities & Housing Types
Boston's Chinatown and South End neighborhoods are experiencing rapid development and gentrification. A studio prompt to develop a social housing proposal for an old factory building on the border between these two neighborhoods necessitated an understanding of the area's possible growth. What resulted is a master plan for the Chinatown-South End border, with a focus on integrating existing populations in affordable housing with new market-rate development. Three key components include grocery store space, a Chinatown Branch of the Boston Public Library, and shared green space.
Models of library / residential common area combination
Study carrels and shelves are sheathed in light wood horizontals and corten verticals to compliment the existing brick and concrete structure