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Won an AIA Honorable Mention in the Annual Student Work Exhibition at the Taubman College of Art and Architecture

The city of Detroit has been associated with industrial production and manufacturing for over a century-it is now moving from a ‘Motor City’ to a ‘Maker City’. This has been happening within the residential fabric of the neighbourhood, which has lead to an interesting juxtaposition of single and multi-family housing neighborhoods, alongside spaces designed for fabricating, making and producing. From these observations of site and context, the project combines these finer grains of making, producing, and housing into one compact design.

Co-living housing is introduced in addition to the making and production spaces to build a sense of making and living in the same area, thereby creating a work – live environment. tThere is a transition from the workspaces, through the shared courtyard, and then the bedrooms-through materiality, and doors and windows (frames of movement). Components of the housing units like living room and kitchen are designed to be communal and shared, thereby fostering a sense of community within Mexicantown.

Conceptual massing diagrams showing area and unit divisions and communal spaces.

East Elevation showing materiality-softer materials such as wood for the more private areas, while harder materials such as concrete blocks and panels are used for the fabrication and maker spaces.

East Elevation showing materiality-softer materials such as wood for the more private areas, while harder materials such as concrete blocks and panels are used for the fabrication and maker spaces.

Floor Plans showing layering of spaces-from Public to Private as you move upwards. Also, materiality has been used to denote these transitions.

Perspective section of building, showing the juxtaposition of Maker+Commercial spaces, Courtyards, and Residential spaces.

Perspective section of building, showing the juxtaposition of Maker+Commercial spaces, Courtyards, and Residential spaces.

Sequential vignettes showing movement of two characters, as they navigate from the maker spaces to their residential, more private spaces.

Detail of the Wall Section, Glazing Detail, and Roof Junction Detail.

Detail of the Wall Section, Glazing Detail, and Roof Junction Detail.

Night view, showing the surrounding activities near the Honeybee Supermarket, and the Railway Station building, as connected to the now active site on 16th and Bagley.

Night view, showing the surrounding activities near the Honeybee Supermarket, and the Railway Station building, as connected to the now active site on 16th and Bagley.