A collaboration with Rachel Simpson, Mina Ghaani, and Joey Chung.

The 160 degree home is a project that examines the essential aspects of living in small dwellings. The criteria of the project was to create a space within 160 square feet using a new building technique that utilizes Cross Laminated Timber. CLT is a prefab ready material that has excellent strenth. Our space was specifically targeted to students and recent immigrants.

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The sixty degrees refer to the habitat's floorplan. It tapers off, allowing for the units to be arranged, making it a viable housing unit for many different environmental contexts.

Part of the challenge of this project was using multi-function and compacting strategies to house all of the functions one needs to live comfortably. For example, the stairs double as storage and houses the toilet. The kitchen utilizes overhead and under-counter storage, sharing a wall with the bathroom to combine plumbing. And the 12' high units have a loft above, to create a private personal space.

Since our target users valued social interaction, we allowed for ambiguous/changable space that could be used as a meeting space or dinner gathering, for example.

Our process consisted of collaborative critique sessions, field trips to wood manufacturers and building companies, co-design, survey input from fellow students, and vigourous model making both physical and digital.

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Along the way we would mock up our space using tape on the ground and cardboard walls so that we could experience our designed space. This worked to validate the ideas that were going onto paper and in SketchUp.

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