By: Marc Swackhammer, University of Minnesota; Blair Setterfield, Rice University; Pat McGlothlin; Aaron Davis.
This small project is a temporary homeless shelter sited in an existing building in the "Bowery" neighborhood of Manhattan. The building has common bathrooms and showers on each of its nine floors. A program brief from First Step Housing, Common Ground community, and The Architectural League of New York asked SLV Design to design, detail, and provide technical specifications and accurate cost estimates for 146 new housing units within this existing building. The units were to be 60 - 88 square feet with a minimum of 19 units per floor. The brief charged us with considering the units as glorified pieces of furniture: brought to the site in a nearly complete stage, set in place, and assembled. Other programmatic and technical requirements included:
A day in the life of Drifthouse.