Obscured Hive


Sanchit Mehta, M.Arch+3 ’22


SP. 20


Instructor: Yo-ichiro Hakomori

The basic generative idea behind the design comes from Venturi’s quotes referring to “paradoxical contrast, “double functioning units” and “residual spaces”. The form is derived by creating a structural lattice that acts as the envelope, a load-bearing structure, and merges into the interior to become furniture. The spaces are classified by the virtue of the use of space, for example, inert spaces are living room & bedroom which are on the first level, and active spaces are a kitchen, dining, and study which are on the second level.

To reduce use of mechanical systems, transitional elements are naturally ventilated. The trees shade the building and a water feature cools the air before hitting the envelope. The dense, structural lattice, diffuses daylight into the spaces as an immaterial boundary, and can be a substrate for vegetative growth. Multi-functional furniture transform and change the character of that space throughout the day.

All the elements combine, to create micro-housing that is an aesthetically experiential space, environmentally sensitive, and functionally flexible. It stands as a contemporary piece of architecture amidst classical & brutalist buildings on the USC campus.


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