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David Adjaye Designs New York Apartments for Low Earners

David Adjaye Designs New York Apartments for Low Earners

Christopher Sunders felt blessed the night that she signed the lease to her new residence in a nice neighborhood in new York. She and her 23 year old son were one of the lucky 124 families who recently moved into affordable Sugar Hill housing Development, an Upper Manhattan project designed by British-Ghanian architect David Adjaye (OBE). (continues below... )

In a neighborhood where 70 % of the apartments are designated for families whose annual income is $13,000 to $43,000, the project is a welcome respite for lower income households.

This is part of a project by Broadway Housing Communities, a nonprofit organization backed by private and government financing, to provide suitable housing to low-income earners in New York. 25 units have been set aside for people currently living in homeless shelters.

David Adjaye additionally designed a pre-school with a capacity for 200 children, and there are plans to construct an art museum on the ground floor.

One of the most celebrated architects out of Africa, David Adjaye grew up the son of a Ghanaian diplomat. He moved to England when he was nine where he earned a BA at the London South-Bank University, before attending Royal college where he graduated with an Masters degree in 1993.

David Adjaye set up the firm Adjaye & Russell with fellow architect William Russell in 1994 in North London before later establishing his own studio - David Adjaye Associates - in 2000.

Among several honours, David Adjaye is a Visiting Professor at Princeton University School of Architecture, was the first Louis Kahn visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Kenzo Tange Professor in Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design. His most celebrated designs include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo and the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management in Russia. He received the title of OBE from the Queen in 2007, for services to British architecture.

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