Colourful Affordable Housing for Single Adults and the Once Homeless

"New York studio Alexander Gorlin Architects has completed a Bronx apartment block with small studios for low-income tenants, including those who were once homeless."

"The building is intended for permanent occupation by single working adults who earn between $18,000 and $35,280 per year (£13,560 and £25,578). The project specifically targets formerly homeless individuals who are high-cost recipients of Medicaid assistance – a government social healthcare program that is available to impoverished US residents.

The building contains 154 rental units, all of which are studios that measure 300 square feet (28 square metres)."

The architect clad the 12-storey, L-shaped structure in charcoal grey brick. To add visual interest, the studio placed anodised aluminium panels on the facade that are coloured red, orange, yellow and blue.

The history of the neighbourhood influenced the colour palette. In the 1700s, the site was a farm owned by developer Lewis Morris, one of the signers of America's Declaration of Independence. "The colours of the facade are from the Colonial Era, to recall this past history," said Alexander Gorlin Architects, a noted studio in New York that was founded in 1987.

Stairs and a wheelchair ramp, both made of concrete, lead to the building's front entrance.

While conceiving the interior, the studio placed "equal emphasis on private rooms and communal spaces". Amenities include a large patio and garden, a roof terrace, a computer lab and a laundry facility. The architect also incorporated a fitness room and bicycle storage."


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Photograph via Gorlin Architects

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