Minimal Footprint Housing
How can we design minimal footprint housing?
Utilizing process research in how people live in compact spaces, a multistory apartment was design to maximize versatility with minimal footprint.
Completed individually in 1 month
The outer facade of the building at first appears rock-like, made of solid brick. However, each apartment unit has the ability to rotate the bricks to let in light when needed. This creates an eroded, undulating rock face on the exterior that constantly changes. The jagged rooftops also hint towards the breaking open of the rock-face as someone enters into the complex. The arrangement of space creates different pockets of interaction. The central courtyard allows all to gather and interact, and there are smaller courtyards around the complex to allow for more neighborly interaction. Each unit block has a different amount of levels, which creates an exterior multilevel interaction. There are four different types of units, with two of them being two-storied to allow for occupation of multiple-income level groups. Each individual unit has a retractable wall that always faces the inner-courtyards of the complex or gardens, to help create a liminal threshold between interior and exterior. At the grand plan, they are arranged to maximize light between each unit.
These plan, section, and elevation show the variability and versatility of the configurations.
The undulating facade
Inner courtyard space
Facade adjustment mechanism detail
The process work revolved around studying small spaces like house boats. Highly recommend viewing the link above.