CHRYSALIS 5

Student Name: Myles C. Ehrler-Sermchief

School: Pasadena City College

Studio: Arch 20B

Instructor: Deborah Bird, Gregory Zamora

Chrysalis 5 is a multipurpose transitional housing space for survivors of domestic abuse and their dependents in South Pasadena. This building revolves around the concept of metamorphosis. It is designed to help survivors seek the help and resources they need to heal, transform, and reintegrate back into society. The development can house a little over 60 residents, shared co-housing spaces, multipurpose workspaces, and support services to help the residents transform and create community. Chrysalis 5 promotes creating community and defining spaces, where residents can assemble working and living spaces to how they see fit. Chrysalis 5 allows the time and space for these people to begin their transformation back into society, independent and able to create their own home again.

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CONCEPTUAL COLLAGE

Chrysalis 5 is a multipurpose transitional housing space for survivors of domestic abuse and their dependents in South Pasadena. This building revolves around the concept of metamorphosis. It is designed to help survivors seek the help and resources they need to heal, transform, and reintegrate back into society. The development can house a little over 60 residents, shared co-housing spaces, multipurpose workspaces, and support services to help the residents transform and create community. Chrysalis 5 promotes creating community and defining spaces, where residents can assemble working and living spaces to how they see fit. Chrysalis 5 allows the time and space for these people to begin their transformation back into society, independent and able to create their own home again.

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PERSPECTIVE VIEW

Concepts of what constitutes a home for many of these people have become something unhealthy and warped. Concepts of a healthy home, one without abuse and violence and access to certain freedoms, are typically stripped away with many of these people not knowing what it is like to be in a healthy living environment. Many feel trapped, disconnected, and alienated unable to make many decisions for themselves and their children. Often many of these people rely on their abuser, most commonly financially, primarily because these survivors lack the skills they need to survive outside of the home. The goal of the Chrysalis is to allow these people an opportunity to escape from their toxic and violent environments and to engage in support programs such as job training, childcare, and development, education, working with others, counseling, and co-working.

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6 Ground Floorplan

Creating tiered terraces, almost in a staircase formation, Chrysalis 5 creates unique and flexible spaces that allow for social interactions between floors and help create a community within the building. Each floor is accessible to and from each other on both the inside and out to help nurture that aspect, as well as creating a fun space for the children living there as well.

To help aid in creating these communities and developing skills, many of the spaces within the building are configurable. Moveable panels and furniture allow the residents to assemble the space based on what they need it for. Many of the terraces allow for large groups of social activity and development, along with an interactive circulation between each floor either through an ongoing staircase on the inside or walking through the exterior spaces.

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7 Floorplans 2-3-5-Roof

The cocoon, paneling comprised of a Voronoi grid and distorted glass, gives protection from the outside while also keeping the space bright and open. The entrance is also hidden behind the cocoon, allowing survivors to safely arrive inside of the Chrysalis.

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