Ana’s Place is the home to 42 extended-stay residents with mental disorders administered by Heritage, Health and Housing and sponsored by the OMH. The building is situated on an acutely angled, steep lot along Convent Avenue, an historic street in Harlem. UAI has designed the building to respond to its site by subdividing the facade into four vertical bays. The bays cascade along the façade, creating an identity for the individual efficiency units on each floor. Brick detailing at the base and cornice help the building fit in seamlessly to the historic neighborhood. To address the steep site, a split-level scheme was utilized for the common spaces on the first floor, creating the lobby on a lower entry level and offices and lounge on the higher first floor level with access to an exterior deck.
There is a common kitchen dining space in the cellar as well as staff offices and a laundry. Although it is a very tight site, the rear yard is an interconnected two level space, providing exterior access between the common areas of the cellar and the first floor deck and common lounge. The lower court, a useful outdoor space for the residents from the dining room also provides natural light and air to the adjacent function.