555 Main St. — Monroe CollegeNew Rochelle, NY
The modular “pods” were conceived to be assembled off-site and installed with minimal disruption to student life in an occupied loft-style college residence hall. This installation is the second application of the same design and project delivery strategy, which enables the college to maximize available vacant loft space in the downtown. The pattern and mix of materials was conceived to minimize material waste. This makes economic and environmental sense, but also results in a playful appearance that appeals to students and college administrators alike. The L-shaped plan of the units provides stability, allowing one end to be anchored to the wall, with a characteristic vertical chimney-like element anchored to the ceiling.