City-House

Project:  RFP- Housing Innovation Competition, Garrison Trotter
Client:  City of Boston, Department of Neighborhood Development
Collaborators: Johnson Engineering + Design Inc, SunRun Inc, Gunish Chugani

City-House, our entry for the Housing Innovation Competition: Garrison Trotter competition, re-envisions the townhouse typology to create a prototype for small household living in low- to medium-density neighborhoods.

The competition, sponsored by the Mayor’s Housing Innovation Lab, the Department of Neighborhood Development, the Garrison Trotter Neighborhood Association, and the Boston Society of Architects / AIA,  sought to reconsider how affordable housing can be provided by using compact units and innovative design solutions.

Our design creates a replicable compact town house prototype that is additive / subtractive, can be deployed on multiple sites, and fits into the density of the neighborhood.  The “City-House” is a strategy of 100% salable square footage that allows every unit to have direct exterior access and private outdoor space, and creates a housing typology that adapts itself easily to sustainable techniques.  Through strategic design innovations such as the “programmed edge” that efficiently allows multiple programs to occur within a compact footprint, a great amount of flexibility and customization is achieved in both the unit design and the landscape strategy to accommodate a wide range of needs and amenities.