The Possibility of a Cul-de-sac
By Ian Amen and Alicia Chen
architecture comprehensive design | ryan lemmo and stephanie lemmo
This proposal speculates on the housing project that can achieve housing density akin to the modernist project but maintain the intimacy of scale and space present with the single-family home. With the initial driver of our project -the speculation of a kitchenless home -our site strategy recognizes the present incongruity of scale, between single-family dwelling and mixed-use mid-rise apartments, as potential for new forms of cohabitation. This project becomes a palimpsest of the context by which we manipulated and reorganized the architectonics of the typical, nuclear, single-family home with that of the modern housing block. The formation of neighborhoods with a range of unit types responds to Holly’s various household types with a desire for favorable density. Public functions are centralized in order to encourage interaction among different residents. Lastly, to resolve the variety of forms and scales, typical and mundane construction methods are employed as the project is based on an economy of means.