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program: residential 600 sqft
location: faircloth street raleigh, nc


A young and flourishing building type, the backyard apartment is a successful strategy of increasing diversity in a neighborhood and creating denser communities. I chose the backyard of my duplex as the site for this project due to its proximity to grocery stores, bus routes, greenways, and both NC State University and Meredith College.

Extending an existing patio, I created an exterior space that is embraced by the flanking volumes; thus the living quarters are expanded to the exterior. At only 600 sqft, this modest residence nestled into an existing bamboo forest and lush plants, complete with a rooftop garden, makes a perfect apartment for a student or young professional.