Migrant Justice Headquarter
HARC 130 Architecture Studio Project, 2015, Middlebury College
Collaborated with Jack Meservy
The facility features a 504sf kitchen and a 441sf storage area to prepare and store food for the mobile hub. The facility features office space and a meeting room on the second floor for the Migrant Justice staff to organize their schedules
and conduct meetings with community members and business people.
The garage was made to shelter the mobile hub while not being in use and makes it easily accessible for workers to maneuver in and out of the hub. The garage has easy access to both the storage and kitchen areas so that loading and unloading will be efficient. There are two bathrooms, one on the second floor and one on the first floor.
Not only were we in charge of developing a
space to serve as the headquarters for the
Migrant Justice organization, we were also
faced with the task of creating a community
space. The location of the building is in a prime
spot of the downtown Burlington area. Our
facility sits at the corner of King Street and
St. Paul Street, which functions as a buzzing
intersection of the area. The block is a mix between residential and commercial properties, so we wanted to make our building fit the commercial mold while also serving as in inviting space for members of the community.
Our building plays into the landscape of the space and becomes the focal point of the intersection. A glass staircase on the northwest corner of our buildings catches the eye of pedestrians and commuters, creating a focal point for the building. On the south side of the lot, a park space with seating, trees and a small fountain makes the space more than just a center for Migrant Justice, but an area for the community members as well.
This space would serve as the headquarters for the organizations management and members to conduct the day-to-day operations that the job entails. The space would also functions as the warehouse and storage facility for the mobile hub that designed in a previous project.