Following from Tuesday tutorial, thinking of what are the function to repurpose scaffolding on the facade of the building, I was looking back at the facade of my site and notice that there are very few buildings that had balcony. This led me to read articles related to balcony building culture in New York which I found an article “NYC balconies and rooftops: covetable outdoor spaces in the city“. It mentions how some New Yorkers are frustrated of their workspace or their living space that are open onto fire escape.
“My new New York apartment has an ‘outdoor space,’ and by that I mean one of my windows opens onto a fire escape. While I’m perfectly happy with that — it’s just the right size for watching the sun set and sipping a beer, or maybe even growing tomatoes (!) when the weather gets warm enough — I still get a twinge of jealousy when I see apartments with actual balconies, or even entire rooftops. There’s something about being in the city yet still being surrounded by greenery that’s so appealing.”
So I was thinking of making a new living space where the community of the same building can share together and creating hubs for more functions like the smoking area for offices (I’ve looked into regulations of smoking in premises in NY and found out that workplace smoking just became illegal starting from this year, which is a relatively new experience for the New Yorkers).
this is the first idea of a hub and will continue in looking into more options like:
Offices: Smoking area, gym/game room, product display (giving that offices have limited place to display/advertise their work)
Living: Communal area, private balcony, work display (some artist have been working and living within this area)
Retails on ground level: still thinking…
I will be cataloging the possibilities of these spaces with scaffolding.
In NY, besides visiting the site and talking to the locals there, I was thinking of paying a visit to the neighbourhood associations to get more information. Also, if there is time, I will visit some of the designed scaffolds which I’ve shown from the previous post.