Sustainable South Bronx educates under-served individuals with skills and hands-on knowledge to perform tasks involved in green-building. [Get to know them: http://www.ssbx.org/] Students learn roofing, electrical, and even participate in daily exercise classes. AFH [Architecture for Humanity] is providing design services to give SSBx some insight into how they can efficiently use their space. As a team we met with administrators and directors multiple times from SSBx to brainstorm and fully understand their needs. We developed several functional and sustainable ideas that would open up their floor plan and create a more motivational environment for the students and the staff. I assisted in preparing our final presentation for the client.
Our 4th floor office team broke off to concentrate on the entrance and office spaces. We considered how the space welcomes the public and how it can be more inspiring to the students. SSBx needs a large amount of storage space for past records and documentation. Storage was one of the challenges we needed to get innovative with in our space planning. The cubicle arrangement was thoughtfully designed with specific team members in mind and our knowledge of who works together. We implemented a green wall to give SSBx a place to put their beautiful plants, while saving space and providing shade against the windows.
[in collaboration with Architecture for Humanity, http://www.architectureforhumanity.com]