Healthy Housing Modular Townhouse Design
Type: Residential (RIT Design Project)
Location: Rochester (Hudson Avenue), New York
Vacant lots pepper the neighborhoods along Hudson Avenue in Rochester. How can these lots be utilized for housing? What is an efficient and healthy option that promotes energy efficiency and community engagement? This course prompted projects to explore different concepts for creating healthy housing on a variety of vacant sites in the area of Hudson Avenue.
Situated in a northern Rochester neighborhood, this project looked to proposed a sustainable and healthy housing option for vacant lots. This townhouse concept involves modular design and construction and allows for customization at a price that many more can afford.
The entire structure could be made of prefabricated modular panels, allowing for much of the construction to take place off site. When a townhouse is purchased and customized, the panels then can be shipped to the site and assembled with ease and efficiency. As seen in the diagrams below, the panels can be assembled into units A, B, C or D. The amount of each that is purchased comes from the purchaser, who decides what they believe is necessary, such as the number of bedrooms and the option to add a garage. All plans stack nicely on each other, and allow for the easy addition of floors to obtain more space compared to the base model. Other options, such as porches or a mudroom, can be added as the client desires, allowing for a customizable layout that suits the needs of each family purchasing a unit.
Other amenities on the site are pavilions and grills for event use, as well as playgrounds and a community space in a nearby existing vacant home, renovated as part of the project.
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GILMORE STREET ELEVATION
FIRST FLOOR PLAN
UPPER FLOOR PLAN
LOWER LEVEL FLOOR PLAN
2 STORY SECTION
3 STORY SECTION
SKETCH OF BACKYARD AREAS