Urban Quotient

2142 Amsterdam Avenue

New York, NY
44-Unit Supportive Housing Facility

(Completed 2015)

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This proposed building is in the heart of the Washington Heights neighborhood in Manhattan, along the main commercial corridor of Amsterdam Avenue. It is an infill building that seeks to both fit into the surrounding masonry residential structures as well as reflect the vibrancy of the neighborhood around it.

The building is conceived as a series of layers, each with a separate function. The outermost layer reflects the materials, scale, and detailing of the surrounding architectural character. The second layer is revealed in the window openings in a series of subtle shifts along the facade. Viewed from a variety of angles, the composition of these layers will vary the building’s aspect over time, reflecting the variety and complexity of urban context.

The building will provide housing and supportive services to adults with serious mental illness who are at risk of chronic homelessness. The two layers also support this program: the first provides a sense of belonging while the second acts conceptually as a filter, providing both contact with and protection from outside influences. In this way, the building is designed to support both its program and its urban context.