Housing of Cyclical Nutrition
Centering around the ideals of community health and sharing, this concept aims to provide housing resting above programmed zones in the South Bronx neighborhood of Melrose. The key experiential form revolves around the idea of a circle(s), which builds upon various ancient cultures’ themes of gathering around a focal point to celebrate, delegate, and connect with each other. Program is split between cultural, community, and residential services, along with echoing the adjacent, existing community gardens, and vegetation. The food gardens and shared porches’ feed the neighborhood and funnel the residents together. Rotaries in the sky connect residents within each tower, easing circulation and giving residents multiple means of egress, rejecting containment. Compost cores allow a closed loop system of nutrients for the gardens. Additionally, owners and residents create income from selling excess compost and produce. Terraced landscaping is punctured by a structural forest of columns acting as tower supports.