CALIFORNIA & DIVISION CO-LIVING
With the recent surge in popularity of shared workspaces and co-working, the obvious next step is co-living. This project was designed as 32 four-bedroom apartments similar to popular student housing suites provided on many college campuses, but catered to working professionals. The building offers additional amenity space in the form of a central courtyard, movie rooms, and a landscaped roof.
In order to tie the project to its Humboldt Park neighborhood, a partnership with Sobremesa Chicago created a ground floor space designed to feed, nourish, and inspire community members and other businesses. The goal was to engage the neighborhood network in a joint efforts to boost inclusive economic growth for the Puerto Rican community. This ground-floor space was conceived to center around the notion of food: a hybrid restaurant in which people come for meals, but also containing the flexibility for use in other capacities during non-restaurant hours. Rather than proposing a project driven by the economics of the residential proforma and paying little attention to the leftover retail component, as most development deals are structured, our design authentically engaged with a local neighborhood business in creating a program that would benefit the community.