The butterfly roof captures rainwater, diverting it through an ornamental scupper into a reflecting pool and storage bladder under the deck. A large portion of the building is shaded exterior space immediately adjacent to community planting beds.
Designed with Tiffany Lin; representations are my own work for Tulane City Center.
This project was part of a larger joint venture; As part of the Architectural Design Team I was fortunate to be able to work with lead architect Tiffany Lin and project manager Nick Jenisch at Tulane City Center; Elizabeth Mossop of LSU Urban Landscape Lab; and with the remarkable and incredibly generous leadership of the Hung Dao Community Development Corporation.
These raised beds will provide a central location for an already healthy (albeit fragmented) culture of community agriculture, allowing tools and resources to be shared and social interactions to be fostered.
Designed with Tiffany Lin; all representations my own work for Tulane City Center.
Multiple study models help to understand and refine the program and spatial arrangement, eventually opening up the center of the building and roof to allow light deep into the building and to capture and store rainfall.
Models by T. Lin and S. Hurt.
Diagram of the driving concept of rainwater harvest
Direct engagement with the Hung Dao CDC leadership was integral to the success of this partnership; multiple meetings with the community partner fostered clear and open communication and allowed us to quickly assess and adapt throughout the process.
Photo courtesy N. Jenisch.