Palacio Dorado, Toa Alta, Puerto Rico (2018)
The central goal of this design is to provide high-quality affordable housing with supportive services where the residents can feel safe, flourish, and feel proud of their living environment. By designing for a high density, both the existing downtown commercial businesses and new residents will benefit from each other’s presence.
The design for this urban infill site includes a total of 103 units. The ground floor level contains community services, lobby areas, administration areas, and a parking garage. On the second (courtyard) level, apartments units are arranged around the interior courtyard.
The courtyard is to provided to secure passive recreation area, a playground area for kids and area for casual encounters between the residents. It provides residents a place to gather and build a sense of community.