Little Slice of Heaven…


Thanks to 14 students at Parsons, The New School for Design, the future tenants of the Louis Nine House in the Bronx, N.Y. will be treated to their own private oasis in the form of their rooftop.

The New York Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter (NCS), a non-profit organization committed to ending homelessness by providing housing and support, will occupy the  46-unit Louis Nine house with young adults between the ages of 18-26, all now aging out of foster care. The project should be at full capacity by early April.

Not only will tenants finally have a place to call their own, but a "green" roof that will serve as an area to hang-out, cool-off and most importantly, learn a thing or two. According to student Victoria Cuddy, the roof incorporates a fully functioning vegetable garden, a kitchen to prepare them in, as well as a composting program, giving tenants a glimpse into their complete life cycle.

During the Parsons students' upcoming spring break, they will also be installing photovoltaic roof panels, and a rainwater collection system that will feed the shade garden located toward the south end of the roof. Bench areas allow for relaxation, while a greenhouse provides the link between the vegetable garden and the kitchen.

The roof was the graduate architecture program's second year spring elective studio that included 11 architecture students, two lighting students and one senior undergrad. Students completed full scale mock-ups by the end of May. Not just clever but quick too, the group actually installed the project in three short weeks, as the building permit only came through August 11, 2008.

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