In(between) Spaces ;
[building community with tiny homes]
Collaborators: Claire Gaspin, Hannah Strothmann
AIA Tiny Homes Chicago Competition, 2015
The strength of the courtyard strategy has always been about creating a sense of enclosure that connects people with nature and well-being. The space in between becomes a courtyard gesture - envisioned for communal opportunities. The assemblage of the modules creates a communal courtyard, offering diverse activities such as gardening, communal cooking, and recreational activity.
Module as Mediator
The module itself is crucial in developing this communal courtyard. The street front mediates from an urban to a communal scale through an undulating roofline. The characteristic L-shape of the module creates an outdoor space that completely opens up to the community. The terrace allows for both visual links and physical distance - it becomes a buffer zone. The diverse positioning of the modules allows each inhabitant to establish a unique relationship with the community.
The furniture pieces are designed to inhabit the wall space. Walls and stairs become consolidated storage areas for the inhabitant’s belongings. Plywood fabrication allows for an inexpensive and easily maintainable material that can be mass-produced.