Ruppie Co-Op

A place for Chicago’s burgeoning population of Retired Urban People to move for their empty nester years. On 6 Chicago lots a communal greenhouse encloses the condensed and stacked front yards which float in the void as well as penetrate into the double height space of each unit. If the community is so inclined the building can become a veritable factory of vegetable production, or it can just provide a place for couples to compete with their orchid collections. An urban/suburban condition that creates multiplies farmable soil while creating a unique condition within the city. The open space on the first floor is used as a community center for which the older generation can pass their skills and knowledge to the younger, as well as learning the tricks and trades of the contemporary urban dwellers.