Independent Senior Living
This site is located to the west of Washington Park, and acts as a secondary entrance into the neighborhood along Lisbon Avenue. I wanted to encorporate Ray Oldenburg’s theory of the Third Place. I broke that down into two categories: bridging and bonding. A bridging space is a social space that does not discriminate. It attracts a broad variety of people from all walks of life. A bonding space is a social space that is more a more intimate space that people have actual conversations in versus just small talk; it’s a place people tend to take ownership of, even if they don’t actually own it.
My Independent Senior Living Center is both a bridging space and a bonding space. It has a clear distinction between public and private, and offers the best of both worlds. On the ground level, there’s a full-service restaurant, terraced plaza and an outdoor stage for performances, community event center, and a community health clinic, all of which are bridging spaces open to the public. Above, however, are private units for the elderly. Each floor offers the tenant either a two-bedroom or one-bedroom unit, for a total of six two-bedroom units and nine one-bedroom units. Five garages are also available for an extra cost. Each unit will come with their own vegetable garden plots located on the northwest corner of the site, that will supply the restaurant with fruits and vegetables when in season.
Structure is a simple concrete grid system with clerestory trusses spaced 2’-0" on center. Clerestory windows shed light from the north into an interior hallway.