Intersperse

Columbia University // Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation

Professor Robert Marino

Fall 2013

Team: Chido Chuma

 

 Intersperse is a unique housing complex that utilizes pre-fabrication as it main construction method, which produces an interesting module to unit relationship that informed the majority of its design. The modules were determined by the spaces of everyday life. In this, they directly relate to the dimensions of the human body and its functions. The super structure that houses these modules, further evokes this relationship, as its components utilize these same measurements.  The housing complex is highly aware of its immediate site. Lined by an elevated subway track on the west and a six-lane freeway on the east, the two housing towers look in towards the site. All the units are provided with large windows that are specifically choreographed in relationship to one another to maintain privacy. To provide Intersperse’s residents with a pleasant experience, the super structure, which once was integral to the construction of the apartments, is left and is consumed with greenery creating a vertical garden.  Intersperse strives to create a new sense of community previously missing in the neighborhood. A hostel, one of its main programs, allows for a constant flux of different people. Their interaction with the residents of the complex bring a new energy and life to the area.

Intersperse is a unique housing complex that utilizes pre-fabrication as it main construction method, which produces an interesting module to unit relationship that informed the majority of its design. The modules were determined by the spaces of everyday life. In this, they directly relate to the dimensions of the human body and its functions. The super structure that houses these modules, further evokes this relationship, as its components utilize these same measurements.

The housing complex is highly aware of its immediate site. Lined by an elevated subway track on the west and a six-lane freeway on the east, the two housing towers look in towards the site. All the units are provided with large windows that are specifically choreographed in relationship to one another to maintain privacy. To provide Intersperse’s residents with a pleasant experience, the super structure, which once was integral to the construction of the apartments, is left and is consumed with greenery creating a vertical garden.

Intersperse strives to create a new sense of community previously missing in the neighborhood. A hostel, one of its main programs, allows for a constant flux of different people. Their interaction with the residents of the complex bring a new energy and life to the area.

 

Function as Module

The various functions of everyday life were analyzed to provide estimated dimensions to inform the programmatic modules of the project.

Module as Unit

The structure is designed with construction in mind. The module is mounted on a 3’-0” kick-out which supports the module as it is pushed into place.

 

Flexibility of Space Frame

This space frame is capable of occupying the entire site. This flexble system allows the frame work to change from structure to circulation as seen in the North side of the site. The space frame has extended to incorporate the small unused lot.

Occupying the Site

Intersperse turns inward directing its occupants view towrds the center of the site and on other other tower. In using the buildings mass it is attempting to block out the undesireable conditions that surround the site. To improve residents view and to promote privacy a vertical garden was introduced. Furthermore, this garden is and elevated park at the hostel level open to the neighborhood.