1 House

A house is a place of habitation; a dwelling and a shelter. A house is also a home, a place of identity. the identity of an individual is both personal(private) and social(public). The home, therefore, is also a shelter separate from the world(inward) and a place of centerness from which to explore the world(outward). One house celebrates the interaction between households while maintaining a minimum of privacy and of ownership.

Households in East Harlem range from singles to large, multi-generation families. Traditionally, a single household would reside under one unit. One house bridges units, therefore linking households into a shared living environment while maintaining the ownership of one’s own home. This programmatic bridging and household interaction occurs at the unit level. For example, here a garden/greenhouse bridge space links four micro units. Programmatic bridging is translatable on small and large scales. For instance, two units living space extracted from each unit is combined into one semi-public environment which bridges the units in some cases, the bridge may be extruded outwards to accommodate programs requiring more space or light. Bridge spaces take a variety of forms depending on the type and size of units bridged.

The majority of east Harlem households consist of single individuals. In addition to this, the trend is moving away from families with children living under one household and towards more single individuals living under one household. One house is the programmatic bridging of housing units facilitating interaction between households. programmatic bridging occurs in the building at the unit and complex scale. Making moments where households intersect  while going about their daily activities.

 The one house therefore translates from the unit scale to the block scale. Programmatic bridging housing units to link households into one home, while still maintaining ownership of one’s own unit. Programmatic bridging is clearly distinguished at all levels. Unit level bridge spaces are distinguished by the architectural requirements of their programs. The complex level programmatic bridge encircles all cores. as a whole, expressed as a community of different individuals having the centerness and ownership of their own homes, and the bridged experience of living in one house.

Architect : GEBDEISGN., Chang Kyu Lee

Location: East Harlem, New York, United States of America

Client: East Harlem Community

Program: Housing + Mixed Use

Site Area: 260,000sqft

Status: Academic Work

Year: 2012


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