It was a long time coming, but after the midterm Building Project competition, the final month of design development on the 8 selected designs was a avalanche of work. This project was a month long assignment to develop a prototype housing design for the notoriously (and unused) skinny sliver lots across New Haven. Portfolio submissions forced me to photograph and photoshop my project, so here is my prototype proposal: the Rift.
I ripped the building in half.
As you can see (somewhat) from the nicely pinkish concept model (above), my focus was to create space and interconnections between spaces with non-orthogonal vectors – views, movement, voids. Space and depth is exaggerated in a particularly skinny lot (34ft) through skewing and rotating to gain area.
The final prototype – which is, by no means, a finished design – suggests a large volume housing separate smaller volumes (private bedrooms) above an open floor plan (living spaces), creating opportunities for one to catch glimpses of life above, or views down into spaces below.
This prototype would potentially allow for any number of volumes above, extending or shrinking to accommodate for a variation of sites.
Maybe not the simplest building to detail and construct, but it was a novel exploration into novel housing forms.
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