Row House Prototype


After a comprehensive study of urban housing types, a catalogue of prototype was developed. Among them was the interlocking rowhouse strategy. This type understood the rowhouse an opportunity to create unique conditions for units typically arranged in highly regularized ways.

The prototype pursued an agenda that emphasized a visual and physical interaction between the occupants of two interwoven buildings while creating different conditions for the units. The two units wind across and around each other while sharing some common spaces. The building serves as a machine of observation between neighbors, perhaps calling for residents of similar living situations (e.g. students, families with small children). This observation presents itself in a system of layers. The privacy of space in both program and visibility increases as each unit climbs the building.