Residential Project – Compact housing in an Urban Landscape

South Elevation
South Elevation

Hello again readers,

The previous post on the 300sq ft complex got me thinking to see if I could design ultra-compact housing for city dwellers. This 6 unit complex complete with its own community center attempts to address the need for affordable housing for today’s youth. The houses are single bedroom, one bath units that come to 534sq ft. Small but not tiny. While larger than the 300sq ft found in the contest housing, I felt that the extra 234 ft was needed for storage of everyday items. Additional features included with each house are a gas fireplace, custom built-ins, laundry, and even garden space within the development. The housing units can be made handicapped accessible with minor adjustment to the entry stair of the houses. The houses are arranged around several courtyards and while close together every attempt was made to ensure privacy between the house’s occupants.

The community center features a large common space with coffee bar and comfy seating. Other spaces include a conference room and upstairs game room. The community center is completely handicapped accessible with entry ramps and handicapped bathroom facilities.

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