The studio systematically thinks through creative ideas based on theAfter in-depth research and case studies, our studio began their first set of design ideas. We agreed that the first step should be individual schemes, which would then be analyzed further to understand what St. John truly needs out of this affordable home. To further expand the different avenues that could be taken for our project, we each took on a different base concept that would drive our designs. “Mass vs Void,” “Sun-rooms,” and “elevated crawlspaces” became our method of exploration. Understanding the many ways, a simple 1,000 square foot home could become an example of contemporary design, which allowed us to not only change the design of the home but question what a home is. Is the front porch important to the family or is it just a common feature, can bedrooms serve more uses while still being comfortable, do families receive help from attached garages or is it just a convenience? All of these were pursued by 14 unique projects.
Once these designs had been developed, we worked with each other and professors outside our studio to find the core factors that separated each design. We contrasted these core ideas from one another and found common ground among them. That common ground led us into forming 6 new concepts for phase 2, our schematic designs.
Catherine Gutman, Jameson Jones, Jeremiah Vick, and Yu He
In the 3-bedroom scheme, the team wanted to create an architecturally unique space that allowed for the bedrooms to be somewhat separate but still connected by the central social space. This made the space feel larger than it was and brought in more natural light due to its elongated plan. This home was the central idea of the central social space and is the most ideal for open communication and privacy. This home provided an interesting architectural plan and façade adding value for a lower cost home. Our price calculations showed a possible option for a more architecturally unique design with a slightly larger cost, but still within reach.
In the 2-bedroom scheme, the team decided to compact the building, limiting square footage down to its core, and attempt to share one wet wall for efficiency. This also allowed for the central social space to be the entire public space as everything was connected fluidly and created a very simple floor plan. By having a very compacted design this allowed for a lower budget and better cost savings. The building being so compact could allow it to adapt or expand in different ways.