Women’s Residence, Staten Island

Women’s Residence, Staten Island


Responding to New York City’s desperate need for beds for the homeless, this project proposes a new 110,000sq.ft. building for 200 women in need of supportive housing services.  While built with economy in mind, the resident experience is given prominence in this design.  The site, an open commercial property, slopes gradually, allowing for this very long building to step down with it.  The site is developed to provide recreational opportunities for the residents, with a vegetable garden and play areas for kids, along with staff and visitor parking.

 

The entire first floor of the building is devoted to support and recreational spaces, including job assistance, counseling, and daycare with ample outdoor play spaces.  Meeting rooms and career classrooms are also located here, with outdoor common spaces complementing the interior.  The central lobby becomes a social space, with seating and a generous circulation stair.

 

The units above are modest, with small rooms fitted with bunk or twin beds, a small kitchenette, and bathroom.  The corridors are enlivened with views into gardens, bringing sunlight and greenery into view as one walks down the hall.  The elevators and stairs open into a shared common space and balcony on every floor, with the laundry room and an adjacent light well forming a core to the social life of the floor.

 

The building is designed for modular construction, with an alternate for light gauge metal frame on-site techniques. The design is also optimized for flexibility: the layout is easily adaptable if the tenancy changes to more conventional apartments. Exterior stucco finish and wood windows are complemented with aluminum accent panels. The roof, fitted with solar panels, steps down to follow the terrain.