Architectural Design: New Haven Test

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During the study of the minimum dwelling, I investigated the problem of maximization within the constraints of a minimal footprint. In the initial minimum dwelling exercise, elements of the house slide and reconfigure allowing the building to adapt to the small size of the dwelling. This initial idea of maximization was carried into the design of the house at 179 Scranton Street. The house, a deceptively simple cube from the street, was derived from two initial moves. The building's central core is occupied by a large sculpted light well that provides a mode to organize circulation, provide natural light and erode the cube's initial simplicity.