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10/21/2016

In Habit

Parisa Mard, Yunzhi Ou (website)
University of Michigan, Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning
Faculty:
2014

 

IN•HABIT is a housing design project that teases boundaries and invites vibrancy to everyday living in Los Angeles

 

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Inspired by informal markets in Lagos, Nigeria, this housing project aims to bring the vibrant and versatile qualities to Los Angeles, where food trucks enliven the ground-level open market.

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On stilts, the four buildings above provide 3-bedroom units as well as 1-bedroom units.

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Pedestrian medians at different widths, sun and shade, movable furniture, vegetation, traffic, and columns create a variegated environment for the ground-level open market.

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In both unit types, the idea of flexibility is carried out through room boundaries, which separate or merge spaces depending on resident use at different times of the day.

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When the folding doors are closed, a unit’s entry floor has four singular spaces. With the folding doors open, however, rooms on either side can expand into the center space.

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Façades are designed to correspond to activities below. For instance, balconies face each other to surround gathering atmospheres.

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Meanwhile, corridor façades coincide with travel and movement on the ground level.

 

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