Urban Quotient

142nd Street Senior Housing

Bronx, NY
Mixed-Use Senior Housing & Community Facility


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Our proposal for this NextGen NYCHA RFP site is a senior housing development in which the buildings and its spaces are organized around community and social interaction where seniors can age in place and age with grace. By setting both buildings back from the street, we create a semi-private porch space where residents can safely and securely mingle with life on the street. At the same time, the buildings are inwardly focused towards the accessibly-designed private courtyard space between the buildings. All of the community spaces including a senior center with a kitchen and dining area, are adjacent to the courtyard. The project also includes raised planter beds on roof terraces for community gardening.

The majority of the street facades are clad with brick and the courtyrad side is clad in a light-color metal panel. At the residential entries to both buildings, the fa├žade changes as the two materials begin to interact with each other. On 142nd Street, the pass-through lobby entrance is folded back from the bulk of the building with an undulating plane of metal panel weaving its way through the upper floors. On 143rd Street, the lobby is pulled inward on the street level and faces the side passage into the courtyard. The corner of the building mass above is cantilevered out creating a canopy with metal panel woven through the brick above. These features help to accent the importance of the connection and the transition between the public life on the street and the private community-centered life of the courtyard.