The competition site, a "small lot" measuring 17’ by 100’, calls for sensitive architectural treatment of living and circulation spaces in close proximity. Massing studies that integrated circulation and communal gardens through a single loaded corridor and flexible living areas utilized the site’s constraints into a new housing typology that accommodate often underserved tenants, including the elderly, handicapable, and low-income population. Simple and cost-effective materials such as painted CMU blocks, wrought iron staircases and railings are nods to the city’s historic urban vernaculars. A final model of hand-cut craft papers, scale furniture, and plants visualize proportions and material finishes that complement the sites existing buildings, making the proposal familiar and fitting despite its newness.
New York DOB
113 W 136th St
The proposal delivers 8 identical 250 square foot homes each with a 180 square foot interior front yard. Each home has a semi-private green space accessible through a series of bi-fold screen doors that acts as a secondary facade within the building. Units are located at both ends of the building while the stair is placed in the middle to ensure privacy. Covered and non-conditioned, these front yards blur the boundaries between inside and outside.