The Dichotomy of Interior and Exterior

Ana Bohorquez, B.Arch '23

ARCH 302A: Architectural Design III

Gallery: Co-op City – Housing for the Collective Good: From Minimal Dwelling to Maximal Housing

Instructor: Olivier Touraine

This cooperative housing project includes 25 units, capable of housing a minimum of 58 inhabitants, a community cooking space created with the intention of hosting cooking and nutrition classes to individuals living in the neighborhood, and a computer lab accessible to those living in the housing complex. The positioning of the dwelling units in this design create a terraced environment and a unique void that is incomprehensible from the exterior. This contrast between the exterior and interior is also seen prevalent in the size and opacity of the windows. This unique shape forms a central void, permitting fluid circulation, that consequently encourages inhabitants to take part in the outdoor spaces. Despite seeming closed to its environment on the exterior, the interior courtyard space promotes public engagement and fosters collaboration.