The design project will address the question of how integrate an immigrant community into East Boston through the architectural proposition of a new hybrid educational/housing program.
Many of these residents face problems that include unemployment and financial vulnerability to rising housing costs. The design on one hand create an educational space on the ground floor that can serve the whole community and a compact living space above that can assist interaction.
The concept for the living space starts from transforming a conventional double loaded corridor to an open communal living room. And then all the introverted units shrink to a more compact dwelling space, leaving an area of semi-private space that wraps around them. In doing so, we can create a gradient of spaces for people to retreat to and keep the living area porous and compact.