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A Shaker community is reimagined according to a dwelling code based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Various elements of a Shaker dwelling are reorganized into an over-scaled megastructure according to parameters of physiology, safety, belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. Sleeping pods, excessive built-ins, and embedded lookouts cluster around an amplified Shaker staircase to collectively conjure a critique of the ritualistic and uncanny architectural tendencies of Shaker life. The final proposal for a house in New Haven echoes these ideas of psychological human needs and the architectural methodology of the Shakers by emphasizing communal space and anchoring it with the stair. An internal volume of social space thrusts through the house and connects internal space with external context; gesturing towards the neighborhood and mediating the corner condition of the site. Formal composition is directly linked to the hierarchy of social volumes, connection to the outdoors, and the distribution of natural light.