AUSTIN COURTYARD HOUSING
This project, done in collaboration with Troy Hillman, worked to reframe the idea of “assisted living” and think in more depth about the typical organizations of domestic life. Our medium-density courtyard housing in Austin, Texas was located in a neighborhood traditionally inhabited by minorities. The city of Austin is rapidly growing and many areas are feeling the effects of gentrification, this neighborhood feeling those effects particularly strongly. How can housing attempt to assuage the tensions between new residents and old in a changing city? Instead of making the reality of hired help or live-in nannies “hush hush” we embraced these circumstances and worked to elevate the unique and very personal relationships through domestic architecture. As well, we focused on the experience of the architectural detail at a variety of scales.
UNIT PLANS + SECTIONS
"HISTORIC HELP" PRECENDET STUDIES