Collective Domesticity


Info Integrative Studio, Professor Martin Haettasch
Team Juan Acosta, Gable Bostic
Date Spring 2020
Awards UTSOA Design Excellence, Integrative Studio, 2019-2020 Academic Year

            A new prototype for collective housing: our project addresses collectivity in both a formal and social sense, existing between the commercial and residential scales present in Austin’s I-35 corridor, a normative American condition. A diversity of programs and multigenerational living create an inherently diverse community. Additionally, a courtyard typology is used to negotiate the spectrum of private and shared space. Volumes, comprising multiple housing units ranging from studio apartments to four bedrooms, penetrate a commercial plinth that circulates both residents and mechanical systems. The use of heavy timber ensures an equitable use of resources while also imbuing the project with a familiar material character. 

Analysis of St. John neighborhood
Finding the balance between the single-family zoned neighborhood of St. John and the large commercial structures lining the i35 corridor

Site Plan - i35 running north and south on left side of image