“Communal spaces can be illustrated as the form of individualized collectivism, and they stand out as highly individualized spaces.” The project explores the duality of space, transitioning from public to private, maintaining a sense of autonomy when engaged in a communal living situation. This new building consists of activities in both public and private spaces, and raises questions about the form of communal spaces.
Various realms of activities are extruded and interlocked together, populating the new building. The two types of public and private realms are overlapping and shifting, showing the increased connectivity that will positively impact the interaction between people. As such, the horizontal and vertical extrusions are creating relationships between different spaces and determining the level of privacy.
The new building attracts people in Gowanus, links and connects them creating new relationships in the community. It will be a new meeting point, a new shelter providing entertainment and a sense of belongings to the Gowanus community. Residents can easily exit from the entities and have easy access to both the community and the autonomy. The new communal housing responses to a widespread tension between individuals and community.