Minimal Dwelling Code

Yale School of Architecture, Spring 2014

Critic: Andrew Benner

Site: New Haven, Connecticut 

Vlock Building Project 2014

The Minimal Dwelling Code responds to a prompt for a 900 square feet, two unit, micro-home prototype sited at 179 Scranton Street in New haven, Connecticut. Situated on one of the many narrow lots in New Haven, this compact housing prototype capitalizes on the length of the site, implementing a long narrow core of essential service amenities from which more flexible spaces can push and pull according to family type and need. As this system aggregates on larger or consecutive lots, the interstitial spaces between the flexible enclosures create a dynamic system of courtyards and garden spaces, giving unique character to each individual living unit sharing a combined wall of solid core units. The distinction between served and servant spaces is magnified in order to create an efficient and repeatable system that can be deployed as a multi-unit strategy across a variety of lot, family, and tenure types. 

{ Exploded Axonometric, Tenant/Owner relationship along unifying core }

As this system aggregates on larger or consecutive lots, the interstitial spaces between the flexible enclosures create a dynamic system of courtyards and garden spaces, giving unique character to each individual living unit sharing a combined wall of solid core units. The distinction between served and servant spaces is magnified in order to create an efficient and repeatable system that can be deployed as a multi-unit strategy across a variety of lot, family, and tenure types. 

 

 

{ Sectional interlocking of Owner and Tenant Units }

{ Level One: Owner Unit at back Tenant Unit at street, Level Two: Owner at street above Tenant Unit }

{ Level One: Owner Unit at back Tenant Unit at street, Level Two: Owner at street above Tenant Unit }