This projects seeks to meet people at a demographic intersection to provide a rich space to responsibly, sustainably, and accessibly create. By a strategic site selection in a repurposed car dealership, the interior is transformed with the intent of making a space that is imaginative, light, and facilitates social connection through flow and openness. My research began by looking at age segregation. A complex combination of policy, social structures, and economics, has created the most age-segregated society the United States has seen since its conception. People are living longer, healthier lives than ever before resulting in larger age gaps. Unfortunately, cultural constructs have become barriers to co-mingling across generations. This raised the question "what setting can create relationships between youth and older adults.?". This led to precedent studies of inter-generational programs that created friendships across age groups. Those studies gave me a key takeaway-successful connections are made organically by pairing people with a mutual interest/activity. What is the activity and how is it integrated into the community? After accessing criteria such as what can be done across all ages, capabilities, and resources, I thought about a thrift shop in my community that I regularly shop at. This store provides valuable resources in an accessible, responsible manner. What if this thrift shop had a maker-space co-located to it where shoppers could purchase clothing items or scrap fabric to make something unique. Somewhere highly accessible that could provide resources to learn and practice a new skill, while working side by side people from your community. The design became about facilitating interaction with strategic programmatic drivers to put people with common goals near each other to collaborate, while also giving postures to relax, chat, and observe. The existing interior grid is transformed by the subject itself-fabric and fabric inspired typologies.
Interior Architecture- Large Scale (>5,000 sf)