Juvenile Development Gainesville, FL




AIA Gainesville Merit Award, 2007

On any given day there are estimated between 95-105 parentless youths living in Gainesville, FL. Juvenile Development is aimed to design a neighborhood housing strategy that will provide these youths with the resources and family structure needed to succeed in life. Civic culture germinates in the family, suggesting Family Units rather than institutional living. Ten youths and two ‘parents’ are gathered in a residential scaled home with semi-private exterior courts, family living, dining and social areas on an elevated ground level. The second level organizes ‘bedroom suites’ with a full batch, storage, study desk and balcony. Daylight, view and natural air-flow considerations suggested passive environmental control elements. Semi-private lawns, gardens and gathering spaces are linked closely with residential buildings folding up into green walls.