This competition proposal, for the 100 Mile House Competition in Vancouver B.C., is a contemporary reinterpretation of the lean-to shelter. Infusing the architectural design with a social awareness, the layout of the house eliminates traditional corridors and hallways, separated programmed spaces, and instead proposes a single, large volume in which all of the “public” activity of the house can occur. Directly connected to open space is a series of small, compact private living spaces for sleeping, storage and bathroom necessities. Finally, although the house is to be situated in a site typical of suburban houses, by pushing the entire house below the understood ground plane, the visible elevation of the house becomes minimal and allows for the residents to experience their home as if it were built in a rural environment completely surrounded by trees and fields.
Design Team: Joshua Graham, Eric LaMunion