Tatiana's New Family Homes

2016 National DiscoverDesign Competition: Design an affordable housing prototype

Define the Problem

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Often homes are designed with family's in mind. The homes I designed are specifically for recently started family's, which ideally include one child and the parents. I know that newly started family's will want the best for their children and that is why I needed to include a shared indoor play space that will allow the children to become more social and provide them with a safe space as large as their apartments to play. I also know that accomplishing day to day tasks with a child around is hard, and as a result I included a washer and dryer room. The overall idea behind this assignment was to build affordable housing and I didn't build a house, I built a home.

Collect Info

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I was given the opportunity to meet with architects that are working on an affordable housing project and was inspired by many of their ideas. They were assigned a large piece of land where they would add affordable housing, but something they heavily stressed was that they wanted their land to allow the children a safe space. I only had a building, but since I was keeping in mind a newly started family I knew that I would have to accomplish a similar task. They also stressed that affordable housing doesn't mean it's made with cheaper materials (often times it is not because they have to meet more codes then normal homes). I was also inspired by examples of protruding windows and the effect it has on the facade. As well as by ideas of what a group could use a roof for.

Brainstorm Ideas

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I began with a few ideas of who I wanted to the build the building for. It ranged from college students to recently married couples. I decided on recently started family's because it included children and couples which allow me to focus on a variety of main ideas that I had to keep in mind throughout the design process.

Develop Solutions

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I had begun with almost a completely different layout but in the end I was happy with the more practical building. The home was initially going to be three floors but for safety reasons I chose to change it to two to allow for less of a height issue if something were to happen on the roof or third floor. Also the windows were limited after I reviewed the drawings to maintain the heat and air conditioning. The colors were also later changed to give it a happier atmosphere.

Final Design

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The final design is a three tenant apartment with an open roof, that includes a shared space on the second floor the size of an apartment. Their are multiple open spaces available for the children to play in a safe environment. Each apartment provides the necessities that a family will need to thrive. I included an example of what the furniture could possible look like on the roof with families enjoying their time with one another. The resulting building will be made of brick and precast cement for the windows. Precast cement is cheaper than most other techniques on a large scale and most affordable homes are built in large scales to save government funds.