YELE
Disaster Relief Studio
Yéle Haiti

Disaster Relief Studio

JANUARY 12th, 2010 4:53 PM: An earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter Scale devastates Haiti, killing tens of thousands and reducing its capital city of Port-au-Prince to rubble. The YELE music studio competition, already underway since December, must respond now, but plan for the future of the community. Music is relief in a time of tragedy.

The goal is to meet the most basic survival needs now while leaving spaces for future growth. Each phase is able to sustain itself until funds are gathered to continue.

The pursuit of the most efficient combination of studio spaces resulted in a mass of program along the park edge. A rooftop park is conceived to link the public space with the radio station—erasing the boundaries between the community and the music. The simplicity in the stick-framed method of construction and the efficiency of using flat-packed and stackable materials allows for a quick and self-explanatory construction sequence.

After the earthquake, the need for a music studio is not a top priority. Phase 1 constructs the foundation of the future studio, but focuses on providing a simple open space shelter for people in need. Survival services (kitchen and bathroom/shower) are built.The railing structure provides support for tent structures—doubling the relief shelter. In the void spaces, used for years in early relief efforts, the music program will begin to take shape. Walls are built to enclose the control room and small studio. Many years after the earthquake, Phase 3 gives a new park, a choir sized music studio and an outdoor concert space to the community. The finished center is a landmark for the city and a story of great perseverance, courage and growth.

PROGRAM: Music Studio, Disaster Relief Center, Community Center

ORGANIZER: Yéle Haiti

YEAR:
2010
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Exterior perspective of the final stage development of the YELE music studios and community space with deck and roof spaceExterior perspective of the final stage development of the YELE music studios and community space with deck and roof spaceExterior perspective of the final stage development of the YELE music studios and community space with deck and roof spaceExterior perspective of the final stage development of the YELE music studios and community space with deck and roof space

DECEMBER 14TH, 2009: Wyclef Jean’s Haitian charity organization, Yéle Haiti, launches a design competition for a new music studio in Cité Soleil, Haiti. The music studio must respond now, but plan for the future of the community. Music is relief in a time of tragedy.

Exterior perspective of the final stage development of the YELE music studios and community space with deck and roof space
Exterior perspective of the final stage development of the YELE music studios and community space with deck and roof space
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Drawing showing the various modular components for each of the phases of construction of the YELE studiosDrawing showing the various modular components for each of the phases of construction of the YELE studiosDrawing showing the various modular components for each of the phases of construction of the YELE studiosDrawing showing the various modular components for each of the phases of construction of the YELE studios
Collaged photograph of the 2010 Haiti earthquake highlighting the various layers of failed building constructionCollaged photograph of the 2010 Haiti earthquake highlighting the various layers of failed building constructionCollaged photograph of the 2010 Haiti earthquake highlighting the various layers of failed building constructionCollaged photograph of the 2010 Haiti earthquake highlighting the various layers of failed building construction
Entry perspective showing the open relationship of the bathroom facilities to the street in Phase 2 of the YELE studioEntry perspective showing the open relationship of the bathroom facilities to the street in Phase 2 of the YELE studioEntry perspective showing the open relationship of the bathroom facilities to the street in Phase 2 of the YELE studioEntry perspective showing the open relationship of the bathroom facilities to the street in Phase 2 of the YELE studio
Perspective showing the upper YELE covered space for provided shelter for more people after the disasterPerspective showing the upper YELE covered space for provided shelter for more people after the disasterPerspective showing the upper YELE covered space for provided shelter for more people after the disasterPerspective showing the upper YELE covered space for provided shelter for more people after the disaster
Series of massing studies for how to arrange the two studio spaces and the recording booths on the site for the YELE studiosSeries of massing studies for how to arrange the two studio spaces and the recording booths on the site for the YELE studiosSeries of massing studies for how to arrange the two studio spaces and the recording booths on the site for the YELE studiosSeries of massing studies for how to arrange the two studio spaces and the recording booths on the site for the YELE studios
Nighttime perspective showing the final phase construction of the YELE music studios lighting up the open public spaceNighttime perspective showing the final phase construction of the YELE music studios lighting up the open public spaceNighttime perspective showing the final phase construction of the YELE music studios lighting up the open public spaceNighttime perspective showing the final phase construction of the YELE music studios lighting up the open public space
Animation diagramming the most damaged parts of Haiti compared to the YELE site after the 2010 earthquakeAnimation diagramming the most damaged parts of Haiti compared to the YELE site after the 2010 earthquakeAnimation diagramming the most damaged parts of Haiti compared to the YELE site after the 2010 earthquakeAnimation diagramming the most damaged parts of Haiti compared to the YELE site after the 2010 earthquake
Plan and massing drawings of Phase 2 of YELE including the first studio, recording booth, and reception areaPlan and massing drawings of Phase 2 of YELE including the first studio, recording booth, and reception areaPlan and massing drawings of Phase 2 of YELE including the first studio, recording booth, and reception areaPlan and massing drawings of Phase 2 of YELE including the first studio, recording booth, and reception area
Plan and massing drawings showing the extent of the Phase 1 YELE build-out for bare minimal bathroom resources and spacePlan and massing drawings showing the extent of the Phase 1 YELE build-out for bare minimal bathroom resources and spacePlan and massing drawings showing the extent of the Phase 1 YELE build-out for bare minimal bathroom resources and spacePlan and massing drawings showing the extent of the Phase 1 YELE build-out for bare minimal bathroom resources and space
Exterior perspective of the final stage development of the YELE music studios and community space with deck and roof spaceExterior perspective of the final stage development of the YELE music studios and community space with deck and roof spaceExterior perspective of the final stage development of the YELE music studios and community space with deck and roof spaceExterior perspective of the final stage development of the YELE music studios and community space with deck and roof space
Perspective of the covered public space of YELE created in Phase 1 to support recovery efforts with public facilitiesPerspective of the covered public space of YELE created in Phase 1 to support recovery efforts with public facilitiesPerspective of the covered public space of YELE created in Phase 1 to support recovery efforts with public facilitiesPerspective of the covered public space of YELE created in Phase 1 to support recovery efforts with public facilities
Perspective of the informal performance stage positioned between the open space of the radio station and YELE studioPerspective of the informal performance stage positioned between the open space of the radio station and YELE studioPerspective of the informal performance stage positioned between the open space of the radio station and YELE studioPerspective of the informal performance stage positioned between the open space of the radio station and YELE studio
Perspective of the final phase 3 large YELE recording studio to service a large group of peoplePerspective of the final phase 3 large YELE recording studio to service a large group of peoplePerspective of the final phase 3 large YELE recording studio to service a large group of peoplePerspective of the final phase 3 large YELE recording studio to service a large group of people
Section perspective showing the exterior public space above the private recording studios and radio center deckSection perspective showing the exterior public space above the private recording studios and radio center deckSection perspective showing the exterior public space above the private recording studios and radio center deckSection perspective showing the exterior public space above the private recording studios and radio center deck
Diagram showing the various required programs in the YELE studios: a small and large recording studio and a recording boothDiagram showing the various required programs in the YELE studios: a small and large recording studio and a recording boothDiagram showing the various required programs in the YELE studios: a small and large recording studio and a recording boothDiagram showing the various required programs in the YELE studios: a small and large recording studio and a recording booth
Animation showing various approaches to the massing of the exterior public space over the internal YELE studiosAnimation showing various approaches to the massing of the exterior public space over the internal YELE studiosAnimation showing various approaches to the massing of the exterior public space over the internal YELE studiosAnimation showing various approaches to the massing of the exterior public space over the internal YELE studios
Plan and massing diagrams showing the expansion of the YELE studio public space deck during the final phase of constructionPlan and massing diagrams showing the expansion of the YELE studio public space deck during the final phase of constructionPlan and massing diagrams showing the expansion of the YELE studio public space deck during the final phase of constructionPlan and massing diagrams showing the expansion of the YELE studio public space deck during the final phase of construction
Perspective showing the relationship of the recording booth to the small studio in the YELE phase 1 constructionPerspective showing the relationship of the recording booth to the small studio in the YELE phase 1 constructionPerspective showing the relationship of the recording booth to the small studio in the YELE phase 1 constructionPerspective showing the relationship of the recording booth to the small studio in the YELE phase 1 construction

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