The challenge of creating an intelligently designed & affordably constructed home within the narrow confines of row style housing, is not a new one. Flanked on either side by 35’ masonry walls, these homes often contain long, constricted spaces with limited opportunities for natural lighting and adequate ventilation. Couple this with the need for affordable construction
Our proposal responds to these circumstances by primarily attempting to maintain an urban density, crucial to successful communities, while providing as much light, air and views as possible. Sustainable systems are integrated and paid for by utilizing a hybrid construction process (50% on site & 50% prefab) allowing for shortened critical path & lower construction costs.
We have divided the site into two housing types. Where a block of 8-10 narrow homes once stood, we propose the “superblock”. The superblock acts as a cornerstone, re-establishing the larger community through a mixed use program that brings local amenities such as a grocer and day care to its residents. The commercial spaces create increased traffic and a local economy. A residential component is added on the ground and upper floors with 9 units (four 1-2 bedroom flats & five 2-3 bedroom homes). The elevator building’s second floor creates an elevated park feel where families can intermingle and let their children play safely above street level. Each home is positioned to maximize interaction between tenants, light/ventilation & optimize solar collection for the heating of captured rain & potable water.
The infill lot was approached by addressing the most restrictive site, 15’x50’. The maximum zoning allows for a 35’ house to be built; no room for front yard parking etc. Here, we employ an onsite foundation & ground floor which can be customized to the site for a perfect fit. Concurrently, a modular factory will be constructing a 14’ wide module which will be delivered to match the projects finish work schedule. The residual 1’ width is fitted with a rain water collection system and ventilation chimney allowing cross ventilation in all rooms. The home is “lifted” off the ground floor allowing a connection front the street to the rear yard.