Adjunct Faculty Housing and Graduate Dormitory for Harvard University
This project intends to provide a radical solution to the otherwise drab construction of dormitory life. Posing a living condition in which students and faculty live together within a communal atmosphere allows for the diffusion of information that is critical to the success of higher education facilities. The project places students and adjunct faculty within a matrix of two axis, one stressing individually and privacy and the other exploring the potential of the collective whole. Both of the extremes presented within the project are required in a collegiate environment. The two axis materialize within a social atrium lined with delicately perched private apartments and exposed porches. To mitigate the juxtaposition of public and private, the landscape is scooped up form the outside and pulled up into the atrium, climbing its way up the walkways and walls. Together with the landscape, the walkways create a middle ground for the privateness of the apartments to meld with the inherent social environment of the atrium. Through the use of public planters and enlarged semi-enclosed area precious chance encounters and important planned events can take place, both creating a sense of community.