INTERLOCKING SPACE 2.0

Jiayi Shen, M.Arch '23


ARCH 505B: Graduate Architecture Design I

Gallery: Clusters and Aggregates: Housing and Urbanism

Instructor: Gary Paige

The project continues the idea of interlocking space developed in Project 2.0. In this instance, the interlocking units and patio spaces have been multiplied to accommodate 10 dwelling units instead of two. A striated field diagram was adopted as part of the initial design research to arrange lines of row- or townhouses in a semi-informal manner across the site. Voids in plan and section are placed on the ground floor and second level, creating a porous field of mass, volume, and surfaces.

Programmatically, given the lack of affordable housing in Los Angeles a co-living arrangement like the one proposed for the previous duplex project was expanded. Outdoor patio and courtyard spaces are shared as well as living, dining, and kitchen spaces. Potential unit types include studios for single persons or couples, and 2LDK for roommates, live-work scenarios, and single parents.

A continuous and changing gable roof form was used not only to give the houses a domestic identity and scale befitting the neighborhood, but also to create different living experiences for the inhabitants.


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