The goal of the project was to provide shelter, protection, privacy, and identity through a refuge for marginalized 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 multiperson
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.
Design: Fall 2016
Size: 30,000 square feet
Type: Social Housing
Location: Austin, TX
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.