5th Year Architecture Studio, Cornell AAP NYC

Density With Dignity: Vertical Mat / Fall 2019

Type/

Collaborative Design Project, Collective Housing

Site/

Long Island City, NYC, NY

Members/

Yuheng Zhu, Lang Dong

Instructor/

Stella Betts, David Leven (LEVENBETTS)

Personal contribution includes pre-design site research (100%), schematic design (50%), design development (70%), final design representation (80%). All the drawings included here are personal work. Physical models are the outcome of collaborative effort.

Long Island City Vertical Mat is a social housing project on the 44th Drive Long Island City, NY. It rethinks the nature of affordable housing and scrutinizes the application of mat strategy within the metropolis that craving for high density. Responding to the genuine needs of the local community, it signifies urban dwelling by encouraging creativity within the neighborhood, through the integration of shared maker spaces, artist studios, and public market, thereby also bring up a new urban living paradigm.

Site Research - Long Island City

Urban Context

Long Island City (LIC) was incorporated as a city in 1870 and it became part of NYC in 1898. LIC is known for its rapid and ongoing residential growth, gentrification, waterfront parks, and thriving arts community.

Obsession

A collection of observation in LIC. The patches on the buildings document the history of the neighborhood. To an extent, studying them is also a form of “Urban Stratigraphy”.

Study of Porosity + Mat Strategy

Density With Dignity

The module unit study looks into the feature of porosity in high-rise buildings. How to guarantee the ventilation and sunlight in affordable housing, is a main inquiry here.

Vertical Mat

It rethinks the mat strategy of housing complex  in the context of metropoli's demand of high density.

Housing Module Typology

Single

New grads

Home office

Startups

Couple

Young folks

Work from home

Family

Friend gathering

Seperate offices

Family

Friend gathering

Art studio

Collaborat-ive work

LIVING

BEDROOM

HOME OFFICE

/ ART STUDIO

12'x12'

UNIT

AGGREATION

OPERATION

TWO ENTRIES TO APARTMENT

SEPERATE ACCESS TO LIVING/WORK

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Plan + Section + Render

Housing units are prefabricated units attached to the trusses of the structure core.

Between apartments, there are also “shared units”, promoting communication and coliving

life of the neighbors, enhancing the coherence of community. These semi-public units serve as the

mediator between public space and private space.

STRUCTURE CORES &

VOID (GARDEN UNITS)

CIRCULATION & ACCESS

This project also explores ways to better the quality of residences by introducing private “garden units” to each apartment, learning from the great experiences the private courtyards/light-wells bring in Nexus World Housing, Fukuoka, Japan.

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​1'=1/8" Physical Model