One's identity often seems inextricably linked to the community
in which one feels they belong. However, self identity and the
identification of others is altered when one crosses a cultural,
political, or social border. These shifts in ones perception of others
and of oneself come in large part from cultural associations
with physical contexts such as clothing, personal objects, and urban or rural environments.
This project recognizes this site, situated between the new Columbia University development and the New York City Public Housing Projects in Harlem, New York, as sitting at a social, economic,
and cultural border. It attempts to confront these issues of the
self and the ‘other’ through spaces of heightened awareness of
of oneself and alternately through spaces where others are conspicuous.
By increasing the enclosure of space, ones auditory and visual connection to the external world is deprived, thus depriving a context with
which to directly compare oneself or to relate others to. When one
gains a connection to the outside world through increasing light and
sound, framed views and elevation serve to detach the user from the
environment giving them the space to reflect as well as the opportunity
to observe others.
The architecture allows for flexibility of program. During the summer when there is high demand for a public pool, the small rooms on the second floor act as changing rooms. In the winter when The Manhattan School of Music and Columbia University are in session and there is less demand for water activities, the entire second floor can be used for individual practice rooms with two spaces available for larger group practice rooms. However, both program would be available to all, year around.
Free swim pool, Hot tubs, Wading pool, Lap pool, and Garden.
Reception, Changing rooms, Practice rooms, Large group exercise rooms, showers, individual hot tubs, and lockers.