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Under One Roof: A Home for Women and Children

The Bronx has the largest amount of domestic violence cases in New York City — and with domestic violence being a leading cause of homelessness in women and children, this housing project was created as a domestic violence shelter, titled Under One Roof.

While the angled roof shape was originally derived from the water run-off angle, the slope is increased to make it an inhabitable loft-like space. It hosts private, inward-looking sleeping chambers which offer a small, intimate space for residents to rest and retreat.

In contrast to the solidity of the sleeping level, the descending living and community levels operate in layers of both privacy and operability. The layers of the envelope compress and expand planimetrically to create a variety of conditions both interior and exterior that respond to the natural environment and the weather. The intention here is to blur the line between inside and outside - and reconnect the residents to the natural world where the beauty of the river can be brought into the building. Through weaving and wrapping the building with these skins, they act as a connective tissue that links the building to its environment, selectively allowing in the breeze, sunlight, or even misty rain.