99K House Competition, Selected Finalist
The Fifth Ward, Houston, Texas
The intent of the "Shift H3O" exercise is to provide a basic organizational framework for the various functional programs within the context of standard city land plots, conventional construction standards and environmentally responsible building materials. The program is organized into public/private spaces, an eastward facing "connector" and a westward facing rainwater harvester to service the residence and vegetable garden. The interior modules shift and adjust within the compositional framework allow individual owners to modify their domain to meet their family's needs. The aesthetics form of the prototype residence is one of simplification, restraint, and acknowledgement of time/place of its surroundings without succumbing to nostalgic reference. Construction standards remain simplified and conventional for residential construction thus acknowledging the inexpensive labor pool in the region. Building material specifications intend on placing importance on cost effective, environmentally sustainable and energy efficient guidelines that are practical and are enablers for a "Shift" in the way we live on this planet.