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A curatorial architect: Sir David Adjaye

example of new typology for affordable housing?

  • 28 February 2017
  • Author: Stephen Olsen
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A curatorial architect: Sir David Adjaye

Written on Thursday 16 Feb. 2017 - by Stephen Olsen

Of interest is the Sugar Hill, Harlem project that Adjaye Associates completed in 2012 and that has been lauded as a new typology for affordable housing.

The precast exterior, as chosen by the community, is tinted black and a local history of rose growing was borrowed from as the inspiration for a pattern of rose-like indentations on the outside walls to give a subtle light-shifting texture.

Adjaye explained that his approach to this remarkable multi-use vertical village for people at risk of homelessness was both site-specific but also a form of inclusive “city making”.

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