Can architecture generate a stronger, more tangible relationship between people and water?

The hydro-habitat treats water as both a living resource and a landscape that flows in and around it. It reexamines the existing relationship of Manhattan’s eastern edge to the river bordering it and breaks down the separation between land and water. It consists of three main cores: social, educational and experiential. Educational spaces about pollution and water transform into a pool fully immersed in the East River as one moves into the project. This pool’s walls filter water directly from the river, and along with a series of contours that lead out from the project, open it up to the water. The hydro-habitat is both pragmatic in its function of filtering water and sublime in the way it produces a sense of wonder about water.

Fall 2017. Core 1. Critic: Tei Carpenter.