Design Development

The concept for the scheme was derived from a familiar residential form, inspired by the diverse collection of small single-family homes that make up Indian Mound. The studio produced several schematic design schemes before working together to develop the final design.

Understanding the context of the community to suit the neighborhood.

The final design is based on a shift of programmatic functions along the long axis of the house, achieving multiple goals: separate the private and public functions, create inviting exterior space inspired by the prominent porches of the neighborhood, and give a more scaled-down, vernacular appearance to the exterior form.

Shifting the form creating a dynamic exterior space.

Further separating the different functions of the house is a pre-fabricated casework-wall element that is located along a central axis through the house. Like the division of functions, this design move also serves multiple goals: separate the activities visually and acoustically, contain storage and closets on both sides, conceal electrical and mechanical needs, and incorporate structural elements.

Divided the interior using Core Walls to accommodate MEP, Storage, and privacy.

Implementing minimal partitions for defining space to maximize the house area.

Because our design focuses on a pre-fabricated system of panels, we focused on simplifying the spaces that create opportunity for simple partitions and wall panels to enhance the ease of construction. Circulation flows through the house without requiring extra hallways or walls, making construction more efficient. The final solution is intended to create a positive relationship with the context through site design, materiality, living elements like plantings, and an unimposing building form.

Establishing sustainable practices to increase the vitality of the dwelling.

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