Urban Vertical HouseArchitecture Design Project
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.
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.