Nesting Blocks

Valerie Taranto, B.Arch ‘22


ARCH 402A: Architectural Design IV

Gallery: Off-Grid and Off-Site: Strawberry Fields Forever

Instructor: Jennifer Siegal

The Nesting Blocks are intended to suit the lifestyles of a variety of farmworkers, from families to groups of temporary summer workers, The modules were imagined as life-size building blocks that come together to create a home. There are three prototypes that can be adapted to provide spaces for one or more functions of sleeping, working, eating, cooking, hygiene, and living. They can be aligned in various configurations according to the needs and lifestyles of the inhabitants. The modules all exist within a 12’ cube and were placed on site according to a grid. Each module was designed using staircases that vary in scale as objects that create spatial division, provide storage, and distinguish privacy thresholds within each module.


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