The Institute of Community Living (ICL) has developed 40 studio and two-bedroom apartments to serve clients whose ability to live independently assists in their mental health goals. Located on Myrtle Avenue in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, this new 6-story, 32,000-square-foot building offers supportive housing for those with mental health issues including young adults transferring out of the foster care system. For many of the residents, this will be the first home of their own. The project provides residents a safe and nurturing place to learn independent living in keeping with ICL’s mission.
A key feature of the project is the landscaped and terraced backyard with seating, trellis, and barbecue area, which will be a place of refuge and relaxation. The building program provides support offices, a lounge, young adult recreation space, and a dining/activity room with a warming pantry. The building’s façade is broken into two masonry masses of different colors which maintain the streetwall. The concrete brick patterning techniques reference the rich detailing of the area. Generous windows on the façade subtly shift on the exterior, hold the corners of the room on the interior, and integrate the energy efficient PTAC system.
The interior design of the project focused on the concept of shifting linearity and uses a natural materials palette complimented by rich walnut wood and vibrant splashes of color at accent walls and thresholds. The project was completed in 2017.