Urban Vertical House

Architecture Design Project

The Challenge

I was asked to design a vertical house in Long Island for a fictional filmmaker. The lot selected for the house is only 23 feet wide, so verticality is a necessity. The filmmaker also requested that the vertical house have private living space as well as space for film production and editing. Finally, the filmmaker requested a “public” space in which to screen films.

The Solution

I began with diagrams listing all of the programmatic elements of a work-from-home filmmaker’s house. I then organized these from most public to most private. From that point, I stacked those programmatic elements over four floors and began to recognize an overarching organizing principle of two interlocking C-shapes – one public and one private. The points where these two C-shapes interlock are the points at which the filmmaker’s private life meets his work life – a meeting room that serves as a lounge and a restroom.

Program Diagram
Program Diagram
Program Diagram
Program Diagram
Program Diagram
This diagram became the inspiration for my design.

Vertical House
Vertical House
Vertical House
Vertical House
Vertical House
Vertical House
Vertical House
Vertical House
Vertical House
Vertical House