Project: Develop a Refuge for Marginalized Youth in Austin, TX
Solution: The goal of the project was to provide shelter, protection, privacy, and identity to these youth ages 16-24 who have been formerly homeless or aged out of the foster system, while fostering a sense of community. Housing units are primarily single resident, with several multi-person units throughout; these convex faceted pods on each side of a residential plaza, provide a sense of ownership and identity. These units set into the sides of the cliff-banks above a creek running through the site.
The term "convex," while referring to the faceted planar form of each unit, also represents the position the refuge holds of its residents and the world; convex is a place for shelter and refuge, but not of withdrawal nor depression. It protrudes out into the world around, as these young adults attempt to reengage culture and society around them.