Center for Independent Living


Architecture 100A, UC Berkeley

The Center for Independent Living is a non-profit organization that supports people with disabilities through education, advocacy, and therapy. The site is located in Berkeley between commercial and residential areas. The site straddles these two land uses and Blake Street dead ends directly into the site. I proposed a design in which Blake Street extends, giving a pedestrian throughway and connecting the residential and commercial streets. The void of the pedestrian walkway provides space for both access and recreation. The building consists of two main parts; the lower level is a manipulation of the ground plane that peels up to continue the street façade of the west side, and the upper part consists of a series of peeling planes that create the interior private spaces. The program consisted of private spaces for the organization, such as therapy pools, classrooms, and offices, as well as public spaces for the larger community. These include an art gallery, café, and theater.