Nature (of) Housing
We acknowledge that the western conception of “nature’‘ presupposes a binary–the man-made verses everything else–and propose urban housing which confronts this dichotomy. By defining a series of thresholds, residents can dissolve or intensify boundaries between inside and outside, between the wet and dry, themselves and others. At the largest scale, the massing itself becomes the wall of a garden; protecting, defining, and expanding an overgrown vacant lot on the site. The threshold of the massing is further striated, split down the middle to allow climate and atmosphere to define circulation and space. Domestic spaces are planned around generous winter gardens–the gardens are captured by a series of occupant-controlled thresholds; thermal curtains, large operable windows, and sliding glass doors allow occupants to mediate the relationship between nature, domesticity, and each other.