Flor’s permanent supportive housing is designed to stabilize lives. Each of the studios features large windows, a micro kitchen and a doorbell to reinforce a sense of respite and privacy. Tree-canopied courtyards and indoor and outdoor activity spaces encourage social interaction to add a sense of wellbeing and community.
A trellised entry welcomes residents home. To the left are on-site social services and straight ahead the garden which flows up to the second floor activity hub and laundry. The cascading courtyard anchors daily life and is encircled by the apartments reached by elevator, stairs and bridges. The design converts required hidden egress into a visible circulation path to encourage informal exercise and social interaction, while also augmenting passive security.
Vertical fins and angled window recesses add ornament and shading. Together with PVs, solar hot water, stormwater capture, and a greywater system they contribute to the project’s LEED Platinum certification.