Zainab Zafar Iqbal
master of architecture
Manhattan has seen a huge rise in the unavailability of housing apartments for seniors, figuratively which amounts to about 65000 applicants for 99 units for one recently opened apartment accommodation.
My focus was to provide a residential space for senior residents and a community centre to create a sense of connection and belonging in society as opposed to the feeling of isolation during the pandemic. The spaces aim to facilitate intergenerational mixing through the provision of a range of different activities and classes, providing a social space for everyone. The architectural design is based on creating buildings that are as less institutional as possible and create a sense of community within the building itself whilst also respecting the needs of the residents.