Award of Merit Winner
STUFF (Studio for Transformative Urban Forms and Fields)
Described as “an urban co-habitation prototype,” C House is a co-housing concept that responds to the lifestyle needs of a wide spectrum of household types, from retired empty nesters to students sharing a space, to young families.
Occupying a basement level and three above-ground storeys, the three-dimensional jigsaw of living spaces is distributed around a core of infrastructural needs, including circulation and washrooms. On either side of the core are living areas, which can be configured for various uses, as well as shared collective spaces: a communal dining space on the first level, a second-floor laundry and rest area, and a roof deck. The split-level distribution of spaces around the core, coupled with the alternating front/back orientation of the side-by-side units, allows for a balance of privacy and social interaction between the tenants.
At the street edge, a set of steps invites passersby to pause, sit or converse, while simultaneously demarcating a transition between public and more private space. A planted slope in front of the building, together with wide stairways inside, encourages social encounters between tenants. The carport at the back of C House is conceived like a boathouse, with transparent doors and an upper level annex that tenants can use as a studio office or for storage.
A dark brick skin, perforated with openings and brise-soleils, gives C House a unified presence at the urban level.
CLIENT Gea Ok Jeon
ARCHITECT TEAM Jae-Sung Chon, Kent Mundle
STRUCTURAL Wolfrom Engineering
AREA 6,000 ft² (3,000 ft² per unit)
STATUS Design development, expected completion 2018