Near Northside 2

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Bus, Market, Inside Out Big Box

Near the ‘Y’ intersection of Fulton and Irvington, the Bus/Market serves as a threshold (between Irvington and Moody Park) and a loop (south to north east). This vacant lot has increased 180% in value over the last 5 years. Significant pedestrian traffic uses the immediate site as the threshold between the park and the city.

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Minimal Infra/superstructure

Distribution space is joined with commercial space. The typical bus station requires significant turn-around space, rendering the object floating in an asphalt lot and drive. This project fronts the street as an urban shell. Its location also allows for other uses when a bus is not present. Trucks and vans use the same drive to back up and unload- service the informal market space.

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Living Space

A small cross section through a minor street, Hays, reveals the multiple housing types and many vacant lots in the Near Northside. From west to east- the Irvington Courts public housing project at White Oak Bayou, Irvington Village Apartments, single family bungalows, and tightly packed ‘dupelows’- re-plotted lots to accomodate many very small single or double units within a single block.

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This project proposes compact multifamily living space, each unit constructed of 4 fabricated components. The way in which the components combine to make a unit allows for the appearance of typical house elements- carport, front porch, courtyard, back porch, and natural ventilation.

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Three fabricated units, living-630 sf, office/sleeping- 450 sf, sleeping- 450 sf, make a 4 bedroom 1530 sf home, the size of the typical Houston 2 bedroom bungalow, on a much smaller lot. A ‘doublehigh’ fabricated box connects the 2nd level to the ground level, drawing air from below to exhaust.

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The fabricated units use the same windowall within each component for carefully placed light into each volume, Perf-o-grip™ shade structure, and the Big-Ass-Fan™ for shade and ventilation.

 

 

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