This project introduced 10 affordable homes in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Via a charrette process, firms collaborated to create two housing types which mimic the local architectural language – a slab-on-grade three-story structure and a two-story building with a sub-grade floor and stoop entry. Simultaneously the teams developed a palette of materials to be shared across the five buildings while composing unique exterior compositions. Standardized details were developed in order to reduce costs and control the quality and consistency of construction. It was not about a grandiose concept of new architecture, but rather a collection of small-scale ideas magnified through a variety of deployments, a collaboration of young firms interested in imbuing a humble housing type with dignity.
- Affordable Housing
- Collaboration of 4 firms
- Construction Costs under $110 psf
- 9,000 applications for 9 homes
- 2007 Innovative Design Award, AIA NY