2017 Multi-Story Project using the Detroit Free Press Building
The succulent plant is independent. Known for their tough exterior leaves which retain water, and their unique, waxy surface, the succulent plant doesn’t just choose to live in the most unfavorable of climates, it thrives. Some of these plants can even store nutrients and water in their roots to feed themselves in a serious drought. Similar to individuals, succulents’ survival is linked to their care. Neglect or overprotection can stunt growth. This concept will act as an inspiration for individuals to develop independently within the new Hoya House facilities.
The Mission of the Hoya House is to put an end to homelessness -specifically in families- within the current community of Detroit, Michigan. The development of an urban multi-story shelter located in the Free Press Building at 321 W. Lafayette Blvd will create a safe and nurturing oasis that encourages inhabitants to turn over a new leaf. Much like the succulent, the proposed center will teach skills that can be absorbed and stored away for later use. Focusing on families with an emphasis on children, the environment will be inviting and homelike. Architectural elements such as large open spaces that encourage natural light, and curved accents allow a greater sense of togetherness. Biomimicry will play an important role in the design because of the primal comfort that natural elements inspire in people, giving them the confidence to persevere.