CART CITY

PROGRAM: Live-Work Housing

SITE: Art Space, Chapel St. + Orange St.

CONTEXT: New Haven, CT, USA

Create a multi-use building and space that acts as an attractor for redevelopment in one of New Haven's up-and-coming nine square blocks. Define a work program that requires the response of a new architectural strategy.

Insert a live/work housing prototype that adds a vertical profile to downtown while converting an underutilized public path into an urban gesture.

SITE: The building is set in back of the local Art Space park. Installations rotate throughout the year, but the most active element remains the bus stop which services downtown from the outlying neighborhoods. Hundreds of people land and linger on the site throughout the day.

PROGRAM: The introduction of a third food cart zone in New Haven. The site becomes a destination on New Haven’s busiest food streets (Orange St + Crown St) while establishing a new user-base and locale.

The linking and fostering of networks becomes a strategy for developing the relationship between LIVING space and WORKING space and also the overlap between units within the building.

MOVING ROOM: Add a shared and negotiated live/work space. Residents would rent and appropriate the space as a means of expanding their environment. This space can be communal if used on the shared floors or private if attached to living units.

The greater community sees the space as a spectacle and interfaces with it when it services the park. The position of the room in profile would be synonymous with certain activities.

Massing options explore the verticality and definition of the units within the limited building envelope. Stepping of units to achieve multiple views of New Haven becomes obvious.

Units stagger lengthwise across the footprint while providing views at each end and down to the park below. Multiple unit types are defined and clusters of units begin to share common platforms.

The two elevators (private lift and public "Moving Room") are expressed in the massing. Each results in a different character of use, speed, program, and personality.

A tilted profile pulls the forces to the point of intersection with the public path. The angle points toward downtown.

SITE: Enhance the energy of the moving room by pulling a diagonal path under the new complex from Chapel Street. Define the park edge with a modified bus stop as an act of enclosing a zone to be serviced by the food tower.

Common living/working clusters can negotiate the borrowing of the room as a shared common space for multiple residents. It becomes a discussion among the complex and its desirability keeps it active.

(1) LIVE: Three clusters of individual unit types; can be rented as a multi-unit space; (2) WORK: Open work space is sandwiched between living units; work (cooking) is seen as an extension of the home and a community activity; (3) SHARE: Private and public communities are invited to move through the complex; aromas and sounds travel; (4) CART CITY: The public realm is both a test market and your backyard. Prepare food in your kitchen and transport your cart directly to market.

COMMUNAL MOVING ROOM: Extended kitchen/communal space via the programmed living room attachment. Program the room in the basement with furniture, cinema equipment, bar, office goods, exercise equipment etc.

The fire escape shifts to the back of the already tiny site allowing maximum views toward East Rock while the moving room focuses on downtown New Haven and Yale University.