raleigh, north carolina
in collaboration with benje feehan
Located on an in-fill site less than two miles from downtown Raleigh, the Boylan Heights Village will provide permanent housing, support services, and an entrepreneurial opportunity for twelve formerly homeless residents of Raleigh.
The integration of agrarian design and urban farming becomes a comprehensive approach to overcoming the challenges residents face. The design proposes twelve, 144 sq-ft cottage residences to be prefabricated in an offsite facility. The common green provides flexible space for activities, from urban farming to outdoor recreation, encouraging interaction between neighbors.
Individual homes encourage stronger personal identity while promoting a sense of community for residents and are grouped around shared porches.
The character of the site topography is retained with each structure accessible via a series of elevated board walks and ramps. The 1500 sq-ft community space is divided into two distinct buildings. The first addresses the Main Street of Lenoir, providing a treed court entry and strong urban edge. The second community building retracts from the urban life and can be found at the rear of the property, housing common facilities, living room and the harvest porch.
Given the small scale of the site, the vacant lot across West Street was capitalized on for the scaled production of craft tobacco.